Summer Heat + Dog + Car = BIG Trouble!!
Ok people, why does this same topic have to be beaten into some people’s heads every summer? Again I am seeing story after story of idiotic, thoughtless, careless people leaving their dogs in cars and the dogs are in severe distress or DEAD! Open your eyes people!! A car in the summer heat is an oven and it will bake your dog to death, sometimes in a matter of minutes.
Fact – a dog’s natural temperature is 102°, it only needs to go up to 104° for a dog to go into cardiac arrest!! Dogs can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes!
You may be tempted to take your dog with you in the car while you travel or do errands but during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. When the outside temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the temperature within a closed car or truck can reach killing temperatures within 15 minutes. This can mean real trouble for your canine companion. Dogs can’t sweat and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Left in hot cars, even briefly, dogs can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die.
On a warm, sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle, and pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal.
Don’t think that just because you’ll be gone “just a minute” that your dpg will be safe while you’re gone; even an air conditioned car with the motor off isn’t healthy for your pet. To avoid any chance that your dog will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, play it safe and leave your furry family member cool and refreshed at home while you’re on the road.
Temperatures inside cars can rise dramatically even on mild days. With outside temperatures as low as 72 degrees, researchers found that a car’s interior temperature can heat up by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, with 80% of that increase in the first 30 minutes. A cracked window provides little relief from this oven effect. It has an insignificant effect on both the rate of heating and the final temperature after an hour.
And if you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert someone immediately! If the owner does not return promptly, call local animal control or the police.
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