Facts Friday #1


Hot tip:

Climate change will impact your dog, too...

We've all heard of it - global 'warming', and for some, that might mean a couple more beach visit or days by the pool. But for dogs hotter weather can be the pits.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dogs have sweat glands, but their primary means of regulating their body temperature is through panting.

While panting works pretty well in most cases, as global temperatures increase, the challenge of keeping cool via panting becomes harder.

 As a result, as temperatures increase, so will the chances of your pup falling victim to heat exhaustion and related illnesses. For snub-nosed breeds, the risk is even higher.

And if we take the focus away from our dog's ability to breathe (!), we could instead focus on their paws. Remember how on hot days, you need to be cautious about walking your dog on the hot footpath and roads? As temperatures increase, the suitable times to walk our pups in cooler weather decrease.

 This means walking your dog much earlier or much later in the day, to prevent their paws from burning up.

And that's just the impacts of climate change on taking our dogs for walks!!!

Rising global temperatures also increases tick, flea and mosquito populations - even in the past year paralysis ticks have spread further south in Australia than seen in years. This is already a problem, and will only get worse if nothing changes.

But lets say we CAN keep our pups safe from warmer days, burning footpaths and nasty bugs...

Climate change can also increase the instances of natural disasters, and unfortunately, while we think we'd never leave our dog behind, the instance of abandonment and displacement of pets during natural disasters is extremely high. Unfortunately, this is out of your hands.

But you know what is in your hands?

The future of climate change.

It's not up to anyone else, it's up to US to fix the world we (and our pups) live in.  

If you aren't worried about climate change impacting you, worry about the impact it'll have on your pup.

 

Check out the resources we found to inform this article:

https://theyearsproject.com/learn/news/how-dogs-will-be-affected-by-climate-change/

https://www.salon.com/2021/10/11/climate-change-is-going-to-make-life-harder-for-dogs-and-cats/

https://www.finder.com.au/tick-season-australia-tips

https://theconversation.com/protect-your-dog-from-this-new-deadly-disease-outbreak-we-still-dont-know-how-it-got-here-153794