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Hot Cars And Your Dog

hot cars and your dog

Being mindful of the temperature inside your car and to never leave your dog in the car when it is hot outside is pounded into our head over and over in the summer, but what about spring time?

The internal temperature of your vehicle can rise to devastating rates within a matter of a few minutes.  There have been countless instances where dogs have passed away due to their owners leaving them in a car in the heat.

In some areas it is illegal to leave your dog in the car when it is hot outside, and for very good reason.  There’s been many times that a good Samaritan will see a dog in distress in a car and break the windows (which isn’t the best idea) or at the very least call emergency personnel.

Taking “just a minute” to run in the store for a gallon of milk can literally result in the death of your dog if you leave him in the car.  For example, if the temperature outside is 78 degrees then the temperature inside your vehicle will climb to over 100 degrees in a matter of a few minutes.

If it is 90 degrees or higher outside, the temperature of your car will be over 160 degrees inside your car within 10 minutes.

Your dog cannot escape your car, and even with access to water, will not survive being trapped in a vehicle at such a high temperature.  They can end up with brain damage or die from a heatstroke in the matter of 15 minutes.

Dogs have no way of regulating their body temperature other than to pant or sweat through their feet.

As much as Fido may love to go for car rides, it is important to guarantee everywhere you are going he can go also. He is better off staying home, in air conditioning, then ever risking his life and health by being stuck in your sweltering car. No matter how quick you think you will be, it may not be quick enough for him.

If you see another dog locked inside a vehicle on a hot day be sure to take a peek inside the window and see if he is in distress. Signs that he is having trouble and needs immediate help is drooling, panting, restlessness, fatigue, vomiting and lack of coordination.

Call the authorities immediately. Once the dog is released from the vehicle check for a rapid heartbeat and lack of appetite as well as blood stools and fever.

Try to give the dog water and/or put cold water over them or submerge them in it. Take the dog to the veterinarian immediately.

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