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Summertime Dog Heatstroke: Your Car is an Oven!

Hot cars are deadly for dogs, even with the windows rolled down.

It is that time of the year again.  Summer is no time to take our dogs along as we run our errands.  With this record heat, it becomes even more dangerous even faster.

As we go about our busy lives please keep a look out for dogs left in cars by owners who do not know just how quickly a car can become a death trap. Reporting a dog in distress to the police can save the animal’s life.

  (At 107 degrees, dogs begin to suffer brain damage.)

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Panting
  • Staring
  • Anxious expression
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • Warm, dry skin
  • High fever
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse

Cracking the Windows Doesn’t Cut it.

A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a  crack hardly slows the rise at all.

If your pet can’t come with you when you get out of the car, leave him at home. Why people don’t remember this completely annoys us here at Sheltie Nation. We rank this right up there with leaving children in cars. This is really a common sense “no no”.

Help Spread the Word

The Animal Protection Institute (API) has a website, www.MyDogisCool.com which is packed with life saving tips and resources such as windshield fliers, millions of which have been distributed since the start of the campaign. The national outreach effort also includes materials and warning notices for stores and public places.

FlyerthmbYou can also purchase the API fliers (25 for $3.00) to leave in your own glove box in case you come across a dog you suspect may be in need of help. You might just educate a complete idiot & save a precious dogie life. But if you see a dog in distress, do not hesitate to call the authorities!

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  1. About two years ago, I was walking from the parking lot to a Wal-mart when I heard a dog barking. It was a warm day (high 70′s – low 80′s) and I noticed that someone had left their dog, in the car, with the windows down about an inch and a half. I knew the dog was going to overheat so I called the local police. I guess they had more important things to do than cite someone for animal cruelty as I waited for them for over 20 minutes and they never showed. I had things to get done that day so I went into Wal-mart with the hopes that a) I would find a policeman writing a citation to someone related to my phone call, b) come out and find the dog still in the vehicle with the owner just getting to the car so that I could give them a piece of my mind, c) come out and find the courage to break the window of the car and let the dog have some fresh cool air, or d) all of the above. Unfortunately, when I came out of Wal-mart, the car and the dog were gone, and there was no sign of a policeman for the next 10 minutes that I waited after coming out. I had only been in Wal-mart for 5 minutes, so I don’t think he came and left that fast. So calling the police doesn’t always work. Bill

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