The Danger of Leaving your Dog in Your Car
With the weather getting nice more and more pet owners are taking their dogs along for car rides. Yet, there is a hidden danger lurking in your car that could affect your pet. Most pet owners are careful about not leaving medication, poisonous plants, harmful foods, and small objects out around their pets but they don’t think twice when they let them hop in for a car ride.
Did you know that even on days when it feels cool and the wind is blowing, your Dog could die of heatstroke? The inside of a vehicle is always hotter than it is outside. Some people roll down windows, but even that is not always enough because they can’t be rolled down too far or your dog could jump out. The Sun beats down on your car and the temperature inside rises quickly. In as little as 5-10 minutes your car can turn into an oven. In a study conducted by the Animal Protection Institute showed the Internal Temperature of a car to be 109* when it was only 82* outside. Even when the windows were rolled down the inside temperature only dropped a degree or two.
You may think that is not hot since we as people tend to sweat when we are too hot but dogs don’t have sweat glands like people. They have to pant to cool themselves down but panting in a car that is too hot gets them nowhere. A dog’s normal body temperature is approximately 101* and once they reach 106* they are in danger. They will start experiencing problems in the following areas: Nerve Damage, Heart Problems, Dehydration, Heat Stroke, Liver Damage, and Organ Failure. These are not all the problems they could experience but are the main culprits that lead to death in dogs left in hot cars.
You may think you are only going to be inside for 2-5 minutes but we can never predict long lines, slow service, or any other problems that could make us longer than we planned. Even in just 5 minutes you can put your dog at serious risk.
In order to ensure your dog’s (pet’s) safety, leave them at home and surprise them with a special treat when you get back as a reward for their patience. If you absolutely must bring your pet with you, restrict your errands to ones that have drive-thru windows and don’t require you to get out of the car.
It is also important to remember that these same temperatures can be harmful to dogs left outside without shade and adequate protection. Concrete gets very hot in the sun and if you don’t want to walk on it barefoot then your pet doesn’t want to either.
Don’t let your dog become another statistic. Keep him/her nice and cool at home while you are running errands and save the car rides for days when you don’t have any place to stop at.