Dog can die in only 6 minutes if trapped in hot car


photo: blog.rvpetsafety.com

The soaring temperatures in Europe and North America have seen a rise in reports of dogs being rescued from hot cars. The problem is so common that the authorities receive more than five calls per hour reporting a dog in trouble and 90% of the cases are dogs trapped in a car. Unfortunately at least five dogs trapped in a car have died in various part of USA due to heatstroke, in the last week.
Perhaps this happens because many owners don’t really understand what happens to a dog’s body in overheating and heatstroke. If a dog’s internal temperature goes above 41°C (105.8°F) it is at risk of heatstroke, which only 50% of dogs survive. It doesn’t have to be boiling hot for this to happen either—when it’s 22°C, (71.6°F) outside, the inside of a car can easily reach 47°C within an hour (116.6°F).
Some breeds are more susceptible than others—large dogs, dogs with short faces such as bulldogs and boxers, and overweight or long-coated dogs are most at risk—but every dog has the potential to suffer from heatstroke.
When a dog’s internal temperature reaches 44°C (111.2°F) its circulation will fail, which causes kidney failure, lack of oxygen in the brain, and internal bleeding, and the fatal consequences will occur in only six minutes of overheating.

source: qz.com

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