Don’t try to put your dog on a very dangerous situation that you will regret at the end. If you are one of the cruel owners who leave their dogs inside a car in the middle of summer heat, then you must realize that leaving them in there is like putting them inside a hot oven. Your dog is not strong enough to endure severe summer heat accumulated inside a car with windows barely cracked. Temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in just few minutes. Your dog will suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.
Authorities have already advised pet owners not to leave their pets inside their car no matter how quick or long they will be gone. As much as possible, they are advised to leave pets at home instead. If you really must take your dog with you, make sure that you take extra precautions. There is no exact time and amount of heat that dogs can tolerate. Dogs are very vulnerable to heat. They have limited abilities to control their body temperature in a close area with high humidity. Leaving pets inside cars is not only dangerous but also illegal. You can be prosecuted for leaving pets under conditions that could endanger their health and well-being. Such crime imposes proper sanctions and penalties.
As an owner, you must also know what to do when your dog is exposed to high temperature.
Look for signs of heat stress
First, observe if your pet is showing symptoms of heat stress. Heavy panting, unsteadiness, glazed eyes, staggering gait, rapid pulse vomiting, and red or purple tongue are the symptoms of heat stress. Find your pet a comfortable and cool place to be relieved. If cooling is not enough to make the dog’s condition stable, immediately rush the animal to a veterinarian.
Move the animal to a cooler area
Lower the animal’s body temperature by applying cold water all over the face and body. Wet towels placed at the back of the animal’s neck, armpits, and groin area is very helpful. You can also wet the paws and ear flaps with cold water. For fast evaporative cooling, you may direct a fan on the wet areas.
Let the dog refresh by drinking cool water. Offer your dog a drink if he/she is alert and wants to drink. But do not force the animal to drink.
Take your dog immediately to a veterinarian
There are pet health concerns that only veterinarians can manage. If you know nothing about giving cure for such case, it is better to rush the animal to a pet clinic.
If you see a pet left in a car, exhibiting signs of heat stress, call the local animal care and police department. Take down the vehicles information including model, color, and tag number. If the dog’s life is at danger, find a witness who can back you up and remove the animal immediately out from the car. Do not leave the scene until authorities arrive.
Moreover, heat stress and heat stroke are not the only dangers when leaving your pets inside unattended cars. There have been reports of stolen dogs and cats each year. You can’t afford to realize that your pet is just gone or probably on process of being killed. Pets should really be at home, but if you really must take your pet with you, make sure they have necessary pet carrier and harness. You may also put two ID tags – one for home address and one for destination address. It’s not cool to leave your dog in a car under the summer heat. Be responsible in keeping your dog safe from heat stress.