The dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars
Cruising with your dog sitting in the back seat of your car may be a fun activity. But things may take a turn for the worse when you decide to check out a new store real quick on a hot day.
The general consensus is that if you leave a window open then your dog should be fine until you come back. While an open window certainly helps a bit. It’s still a terrible idea to leave your dog or any pet in the back of your car since the main problem is not the airflow but the overall temperature of the car.
A car can easily heat up and turn into an oven even if it’s 70 degrees outside. It only takes 25 minutes for the car’s interiors to climb up to 120 degrees.
Animals left in hot cars are in danger of heat stroke which may be deadly for young, elderly or overweight animals. Dogs with short muzzles, dark and thick coats are the ones most at risk.
If you notice any heat stroke symptoms like panting, drooling, agitation, and increased heart rate, be sure to take your dog to a vet as soon as you can. Heat strokes can damage the brain, kidneys, heart, and muscles.
Most states and local governments have laws to address this issue and the punishments to those who leave their furry friends or children in hot cars can be considered disincentivizing. However, law enforcement still requires some help from the locals to stay one step ahead of a tragedy that may occur because of a heat stroke.
What can you do if you see a dog unattended in a vehicle?
Let’s start off with something you shouldn’t do and that is breaking into the car. I know it may be hard to look into those puppy eyes and let it overheat but damaging someone’s vehicle is a serious crime in many states. If worst comes to worst, obviously you may have no other choice but to do it but it’s better to save it for later.
If the situation is taking place in the parking lot of a shop, try going into the shop and ask the staff to make an announcement for the owner. If you start noticing any heat stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately.
And most importantly you can always raise awareness. Every summer countless dogs go through a heat stroke and many die due to immense stress it causes. Some people even leave their babies in their hot cars which is totally unacceptable.
As a pet owner, please never leave your pet in your car on a hot day and do consider trimming it for the summer as it will surely appreciate the extra breeze.