Pet in Hot Car. What to Do?!

Every year pets die because they were left in a car on a warm day.

hotcarwarning On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, so leaving your dog in the car for “just a minute” is a dangerous thing to do. On a day like today (90+ degrees) the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes!

Just like people, animals are affected by the heat, but unlike humans they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

DogpantingWhat to do if you come across a dog in a car with no owner in sight:

  1. Note the car’s make/model, license plate number, location and the time.
  2. Take down a description of the dog, and note the condition of the dog. Watch for restlessness, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and lack of coordination. These are all symptoms of heatstroke.
  3. Ask nearby businesses to make announcements using the vehicle’s make/model to locate the dog’s owner.
  4. If the owner is not located call the police or local animal control.
  5. If possible, don’t leave the scene until help has arrived!

If a pet shows signs of heatstroke, bring them to a vet immediately! Provide the pet with water to drink, and apply cool (not cold, you don’t want over cool the pet), wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws. If you have access to a large amount of water, consider spraying or splashing them with cool water, to bring their body temperature down.

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7 Responses to Pet in Hot Car. What to Do?!

  1. Tim Treacy says:

    Reblogged this on Tim Treacy and commented:
    If I see a dog in distress as outlined below, I wouldn’t hesitate to smash the window. I absolutely hate when I see dogs locked in cars on warm days.

  2. marie says:

    I agree with Tim. Worked for a vet for many years and sadly you see it all the time.

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  4. Serenity says:

    Thank you for this! Very informative! I have pinned this to Pinterest and shared it to my other social websites. This is VIP and soooo vital to know. Sadly, this happens all time. Even with children too. :( More people need to be aware of this.

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