Leaving Pets in a Hot Car Can Be Deadly

During the summer people love to take their pets on errands with them, and I am no exception, however people need to take into account the temperature outside and leave them at home when it’s hot.  Even a quick stop into the store can cause death to your dog.  Below is some important information that can save your pets life.

“On an 80 degree day, the temperature in a car can rise to 120 degrees in just 10 minutes. Parking in the shade and leaving the windows open does not help nor does it change the fact that a dog’s body cannot tolerate extreme heat. They do not sweat like people do ~ dogs pant and sweat through the nose and the pads on their feet. If a dog’s temperature reaches 106 degrees the damage it suffers internally may be irreversible. Dogs with short noses (Pugs, Bulldogs), those that are overweight, very young or very old, long haired or dark in color are at greater risk.

Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, dark red gums, thick saliva, dry mucus membranes, dizziness or disorientation, inability to stand, collapse and/or loss of consciouness. A heat stroke in dogs can develop into a potentially deadly situation in as little as 20 minutes ~ if your dog shows any of these signs it requires immediate medical attention. 

You can help cool your overheated dog on the way to the vet by placing cool (not cold), wet towels on its body ~ particularly around the head, stomach, and foot pads. Cold water will constrict the blood vessels and can cause further overheating. Offer your dog water to drink, but do not force it into your dog’s mouth. ~ The Examiner”

If you see a pet in distress inside a vehicle, call 911 for help.