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Practice Summer Pet Safety

We at Animatch want to help you to practice summer pet safety and don't leave your dog in a hot car.

If you're like us, you probably consider your 4-legged friend as a part of the family and would never purposely do anything to put your pup in danger. Unfortunately, many people don't know just how dangerous it can be to leave your dog in a hot car-even for a minute-as you run into Starbucks to grab an iced coffee.

Don't Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

What many people don't realize is that your car can heat up quickly, even if it's parked under a tree with the windows rolled down. In fact, in just the first 10 minutes of sitting in the parking lot, your car's temperature can rise 7ºC  above the outside temperature.

Even on a comfortable 24-degree day, your car's temperature will be nearing 38 degrees in a matter of minutes. Dogs begin to feel uncomfortable at an exterior temperature of 28.3ºC, at which point they're at risk for heat stroke.

To avoid this, take your dog home first before running errands after a day at the dog park.

Dogs and Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can set in very quickly if a dog's interior temperature rises above 41.1ºC – that's just two to three degrees higher than their normal body temperature, which sits around 38-39 degrees.

While this is life-threatening for all dogs, short-nosed breeds like pugs, spaniels, and Shih tzus are especially susceptible. If your dog is experiencing heat stroke, he may show the following symptoms:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

If you notice any of these behaviors in your dog, move him somewhere cool immediately. Sprinkle him with cool water and put cold compresses under his armpits and on the back of his neck. Do not submerge him in cold water as that can result in shock.

Call your vet or go to the emergency vet immediately.

If You See a Dog in a Hot Car

While we don't expect that any local dog dads and moms would ever intentionally put their pup in a dangerous situation, many people don't realize how hot a car can get. Even more people underestimate how long it's going to take to run a quick errand.

So, at some point, you may see a dog left in hot car while out doing some shopping of your own. If you do, there are a few steps you can follow to help:

  • Note the car's make, model, and license plate number
  • Take a picture of the scene
  • Ask nearby businesses to make an emergency announcement
  • Call the police or 9-1-1 and wait by the car

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