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
- Anxious expression
- Refusal to obey commands
- Warm, dry skin
- High fever
- Rapid heartbeat
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.
You 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!