When is it too HOT for your dog?

Every year dogs die from being left in hot cars. Instead of sweating like humans, dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. Stuffy cars and hot upholstery can hinder your dogs cool down process.

Many people think leaving a window open will keep their dog safe, but studies show that an open window makes NO difference. Temperatures rise quickly and in a matter of 5-10 minutes on a hot day, your dog could die. Shade offers little protection and moves with the sun.

Pets most at risk of overheating are young, elderly or overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark-colored coats.

Vehicle Temperatures

Outside TempTime to ReachTemp Inside Car
2410 minutes37
2430 minutes48
297-10 minutes37
2930 minutes48
3715 minutes60



  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive salivation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid pulse
  • Vomiting
  • Red gums and tongue
  • Diarrhea


  • Call the Police or Animal Services (311)
  • Record information about the vehicle (make, model, color and license plate number)
  • Alert the management of the business
  • Stay with the dog until help arrives

Leave your dogs at home where they are safe and cool. Your car could be damaged if someone breaks the window(s) and you could be charged with a crime.

Written by The Centennial Animal Hospital Team

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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