Hot Days and Pets in Cars: Recipe for Tragedy

Most folks would never leave their pets locked in a sealed car on a hot summer day. But even if the day is a balmy 78 degrees, leaving your pet in a car can be dangerous. Inside the car can heat up quickly to over 90 degrees if you parked in the shade and more than 160 degrees if the car is left in the sun. There is no good way to make the situation better. On days when the temperature is over 60 degrees just leave your pets home.

Other Care Tips for Pets

  • When you bring your pets on a road trip have plenty of fresh water and a bowl for them to drink from.
  • Do not have your dog ride unsecured in a pick-up truck bed. The bed can heat up and burn the dog’s paws on a hot day, a sudden stop can throw your dog out of the truck or the dog can jump if it becomes frightened or sees something that is fun to chase. If your dog does not fit into the truck cab use a dog crate in the pickup truck bed and make sure it is secure.
  • If your pet shows signs of heat exhaustion get it to a cool shady place or an air conditioned space immediately. Signs of heat exhaustion include:
    • Excessive thirst
    • Restlessness
    • Dark tongue
    • Heavy panting
    • Lethargy
    • Fever
    • Rapid pulse
    • Glazed eyes
    • Lack of coordination
    • Dizziness
    • Vomiting

You want to lower the pet’s body temperature gradually. Give your pet water, place a cold towel around their neck and immerse your pet in cool (not cold) water. Take them to your vet immediately after you bring their body temperature down.

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