Dangers of leaving pets in a hot car
While it may seem like a tempting idea to just stop at the store to run in for one thing while your dog is in the car (the windows are cracked, right?), we beg of you to think twice. Even though the windows are down, cars act as a hot box and can soar up from 90 degrees to 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. That’s absolutely completely unbearable for anyone, including your furry four-legged friend.
“Oh, it’s different because I’m leaving water in the car, too,” you may think. Guess again. While leaving water is great, it’s not going to solve the problem of your car heating up drastically and there are many dangers of leaving pets in a hot car.
It only takes 15 minutes for an animal to die of heatstroke, and for dogs, it’s even quicker because they can only get cooler through panting and sweating through their paw pads.
It’s a much better idea to drive the extra few miles to drop your dog off and THEN go to the store, rather than just run in quickly. Especially on a hot day. Even with the windows cracked, it’s still dangerous.
If you see a dog in an unattended car on a hot day, you can always take down the vehicle’s color, license plate number, make and model and call the local authorities for help. Some signs of heatstroke in animals include restlessness, thick saliva, heavy panting, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and lack of coordination.
Even if you’d never even think of leaving your pooch in the car unattended, the heat is always dangerous no matter where you are. For example, even at the dog park it’s important to monitor your dog to make sure they’re not getting heat stroke.
Other than not leaving your pet in a car, other points to take note of in order to keep your pet safe during the summer are to limit exercise on hot days, watch the humidity, don’t rely on a fan and provide enough shade and water.