\n \n“A dog died after being taken for a walk in 77-degree heat on Friday” Don’t let this happen to your pet. Heat wave temperatures are annoying to most people, but they are particularly dangerous to dogs. Hot weather can be dangerous to your dog’s health or even their life. The most immediate danger is heatstroke. Dogs are at risk of illness or death from heat stroke for several reasons\n\nTheir systems for cooling are less effective than humans.\nTheir coat of fur can increase the effects of heat.\nThe difference between their normal body temperature of 100 to 102 and the danger zone at 104 and above is small.\n\nHeat stroke can be fatal to your dog within 15 minutes. The most obvious danger is leaving your dog in a car. Even with the windows open the temperature inside your car at 70 degrees outside can rise to 104 within 30 minutes. At 85 it only takes 10 minutes for your interior temperature to reach 104 degrees. \nEach year hundreds of dogs left in cars die on what seems like a fairly cool day. Simply, don’t leave your dog in the car even with the window open, even in fairly cool weather. \nExercise on a hot day can have the same effect. Be sensitive to the effects of heat and exercise them early in the morning or later in the evening. \nHumans are 55% to 60% water. Dogs are 80% water and are more likely to become dehydrated especially in hot weather. Your dog needs at least 1 ounce of water per pound each day. So a 20 pound dog needs 20 ounces of fresh, clean water. This need goes up as they exercise. Dehydration can have serious health consequences.\n Dogs can burn their paws on days that don’t seem hot. At 77 degrees with little wind and low humidity asphalt can reach 125 degrees. At 87 degrees, the surface can be 143 degrees. Eggs fry at 131 and skin burns at 125 degrees.\nDogs are not immune to sunburn. Noses, ears and bellies are particularly vulnerable. Dogs with white fur are more likely to sunburn. Some dogs are at greater risk:\n\nPuppies up to 6 months\nLarge dogs over 7 years\nSmall dogs over 14 years\nOverweight dogs\nOverexerted dogs\nSick dogs\nBreeds with short, wide heads\n\nOne way to keep your dog safe is to use a pet stroller.\n\nKeep your dog shaded,\nKeep water readily available,\nProvide intervals of rest and periods of exercise,\nAllow your at risk dog the opportunity to be outside safely,\nProtect your dog from sunburn and burned paws.\n\nLearn more about pet strollers and keep your dog safe and healthy this summer.