Hot temps can be deadly for dogs! Help inform others about this danger.

Posted By elaine on June 7, 2010

This cool pooch is ready to go 4-wheelin'! Luckily he is near Telluride and the temps were in the 60's!

Ahh.  Summertime!  It is a great time to get out, and we often take our favorite dogs with us, but a little warning..  even running into the store for five minutes can be very dangerous, even with the windows cracked.   Don’t get me wrong, I think pets need to go out during the summer, but there are rules like making sure you crank the air conditioner and cool down the car BEFORE you load up the pooch and make sure you don’t have errands where you have to leave your dog in the car.

United Animal Nations (UAN) is imploring pet owners to avoid leaving their dogs in hot cars this summer – a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death.

 

“Often people leave their dogs in the car while they shop or run errands, but doing so when the weather is warm can literally be a deadly mistake,” said UAN President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.   Forsyth offered five reasons why leaving a dog in a hot car can be deadly:

1. Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

2. Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

3. Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

4. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.

Already this year, UAN has received reports of dogs like Snuggle, a Maltese/Lhasa Apso who was locked in a car while her owner visited a Tampa, Florida amusement park. When Snuggle was rescued, the temperature inside the car was more than 90 degrees and her core temperature was nearly 106 degrees.

The UAN has a website in which you can learn more about hot cars and dogs and even print out fliers to put on cars you see with a dog in it.  Of course if you see a dog in distress locked up in a hot car, call 9-1-1!

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