Monday June 25, 2018 Posted By: spca_admin
How long can you safely leave a dog in a vehicle?
What if I'm going into the store for just five minutes?
Answer: "Just five minutes" is never just five minutes. And a few extra minutes in a hot car is long enough to kill a pet.
Even on a 70-degree day, that's 110 degrees inside your vehicle!
Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe, but when it is hot it is deadly.Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death. And cracking the windows makes no difference. Since the heat's coming from within the car, cracking open windows doesn't make a difference.
Unlike humans, dogs are unable to sweat-they pant. They rely mainly on their respiratory tract to dissipate heat. The shorter their nasal passages, the more prone they are to overheating.
As the temperature increases and approaches core body temperature, panting becomes much more important for cooling. However, when the panting becomes much less efficient, it makes it extremely difficult for dogs to regulate their body temperature.
Dogs with heatstroke often present in an altered mental state, from mild disorientation or depression, to muscle tremors, seizures or even coma.
You come back to your car, and find your dog on his side in the back seat, unresponsive, and breathing heavily. His gums are purple, his eyes are rolled back and he’s as hot as an oven. What do you DO?
First and foremost, do NOT apply ice. This changes the body temperature too abruptly, and can lead to further complications. DO apply tepid water, turn on the AC and STEP ON IT to the closest veterinarian. Your main priority is to get to the vet immediately!
How do you help a pet left in a hot car?