PLEASE- avoid leaving their dogs in hot cars this summer – a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death. Leaving a dog in a hot car is dangerous and often deadly. The safest place for your dog during the summer heat, while you’re running errands, is at home.
“Often people leave their dogs in the car while they shop or run errands, but doing so when the weather is warm can literally be a death sentence for your pet,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.
Forsyth offered five reasons why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly:
1. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.
2. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.
3. Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.
4. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.
5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.
FACTS ABOUT DOGS AND HOT CARS
What happens to dogs left in hot cars?
Exposure to excessive heat causes the body’s cells to stop working properly and release dangerous chemicals, which can lead to nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage and even death. Essentially, all of the dog’s organ systems shut down at once.
Signs a dog is suffering from a heat-related illness include:
* Excessive panting
*Increased heart rate
*Collapse or loss of consciousness
* Respiratory arrest
What should people do if they see a dog in a hot car?
*If the dog looks distressed (see above signs of heat-related illness), call the police, the local animal control agency or 911 right away.
*Leave your name and phone number with the person who takes the call in case the responding officers need more information.
*Go inside the nearest business(es) and ask the manager to make an announcement.
How hot does it really get inside a car?
A study by the Animal Protection Institute showed that even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car.
The study, conducted during a local heat wave, compared an outside temperature of a shaded area with the inside of an automobile in three states: fully closed, with four windows cracked, and with two windows cracked. Inside temperatures were measured with an indoor/outdoor thermometer and an oven thermometer (both readings are given). All temperatures use the Fahrenheit scale.
Free Printable Poster & Flyer Downloads For ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’.
Print them out and leave them in your car to hand out or place at local businesses to help spread awareness.
Hot Car Flyer in PDF – print clip and give away, from the SPCA
Pets In Hot Cars – poster from ASPCA
If you love us leave us at home – poster from American Veterinary Medical Association