Dog Health Issues – Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

Dog Health Issues – Dog owners can make one tiny mistake and lose their log forever.  Leaving your dog in a parked car, even on fairly cool days, can be fatal to your dog.

Many times a dog owners leaves their dog in the car while they run a quick errand. The outside temperature may only be in the high 70s.  But the heat in the car can rise to 100-120 degrees in just a few short minutes.

If the outside temperature is in the low 90s, the inside temperature can soar to 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. 

In these situations, the dog will not survive if left in the car for 20 minutes or sometimes less.  The dog’s only means for dealing with the heat is through panting.  They do not sweat.

As the heat rises, they continue to pant more and more.  They finally can’t handle the heat anymore, collapse, and die.  What an absolutely horrible way for our dear friend to die.  The dog can also suffer brain damage or heat stroke.

If you see a dog in a car in this situation, you must take action.  You must write down the car color, model, make, and license plate number.  Have the owner paged in nearby stores.  Contact humane authorities and the police.

If the dog owner or the authorities fail to show up promptly, you may have to take matters in your own hands.  Make sure you have one or two witnesses who are fully aware of the situation and will support you.

I recently read an article on this topic.  The title is “Don’t cook your dog this summer.”  I guess this is a humorous title, but it is a very serious dog health issue. The author is Peter Wedderburn.  He is a veterinarian of 25 years.  So I know he considers this topic extremely serious and important.

Here is a brief quote from the article:

It can be an easy mistake to make. If you think that you’re only going to be a few minutes, you may feel that it’s safe to leave your dog in a car, even on a warm day. The problem is that it’s far more dangerous to do this than most people realise. A car can heat up astonishingly rapidly, with some vehicles reaching 40°C in just twenty minutes. Dogs cannot sweat: they can only lose heat by panting, and if the ambient temperature around them is high, this means that they cannot lose any heat at all. They’ll pant furiously, but will just get hotter and hotter until they collapse. It’s a dreadful way for an animal to die, and that’s one of the reasons why there’s such an outcry whenever an incident like this is reported in the news.

On a sunny day, leaving a dog in a car is as dangerous as putting the animal into an oven and turning it on “roast”. It’s not enough to leave a window open, or to leave some water inside for the dog. It just gets too hot inside the confined space of a car. Dogs cannot be left in cars on sunny days: end of story.

The entire article can be read HERE.  In case you see a dog removed from a car in this situation, make sure it is moved to a shady spot and has plenty of water. 

The dog’s temperature has probably risen to a dangerous level.  Try to bring down its temperature slowly by putting cool wet towels on the dog.  Do Not use cold water. Make sure the dog goes to the veterinarian if it does not recover quickly.

Have you ever been confronted with a situation like this?  As you know, it’s no laughing matter.  We all love our pets and don’t want to see one suffer or die like this.  Thanks for any input you can give on this subject.

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2 Responses to Dog Health Issues – Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

  1. Leaving one’s dog in one’s car may lead to the suffocation, brain damage and heatstroke and this may result in untimely death. Thanks to the blogger for raising such a pet sensitive issue.

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