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Response to SamReynolds (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 12:06 PM

10. One problem Sam. Dogs don't sweat like you do. They pant.

And it's a very inefficient way to cool down.

There sweat glands are in their feet.

The sweat glands dogs do have aren't enough to cool a dog down when the heat index rises in the summer. Another way dogs cool down is to constrict blood vessels in the face, head and ears. This is an autonomic response from the dog and not something he or she can control. Again, unfortunately, it's not enough to keep a dog cool.

So how do dogs cool down? They pant.

Panting is the primary means a dog has to cool down. When you see a dog with his tongue hanging out, that's his way of saying, "I'm hot!"

Unfortunately for your little woof-woof, panting is a very inefficient way of cooling down. The air travels over the saliva and tongue and works to cool the dog similar to the way an evaporated air conditioner passes are through water-drenched pads.


NEVER Keep Dogs in Enclosed Places During the Summer

NEVER put your dog in an enclosed car, vehicle, camper, trailer, tent, or any other location where the dog cannot move around freely, reach water, etc, or where the temperatures are likely to be higher than the temperatures outside. The inside of cars can quickly reach triple digits of more than 120-150 degrees in the heat of the summer, and your dog doesn't have the natural defenses to protect himself.

A dog left alone in an enclosed space, even with water, for any length of time is likely to have a stroke or die.

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