Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Dog in The Car - Even For a Few Minutes

Posted June 07 2015

Happy summer beach doggies! Although summer is obviously our favorite season, it can be very dangerous for our pooches left in hot cars. MyDogIsCool is a company whose goal is to save dogs left behind in cars during warm summer days and we're going to share a few of their tips with you.

What happens when a dog is left in a hot car?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the temperature inside a car can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes. The NOAA also reported that outside temperatures in the 60s can still cause a car temperature to rise well above 100 degrees. Therefore any pooch left in an unattended vehicle is at risk for major health concerns. 

Because dogs are only able to cool off through panting and sweating through their paw pads, heat stroke can take place rapidly. Dogs and cats can both die in a matter of 10-15 minutes if not rescued from a hot car. Even if rescued before then, an animal can still die from kidney failure, intravascular clotting, cerebral edema, or hemorrhaging.

"But what if I crack the windows?"
Cracking the windows of a car has little to no effect on the temperature of the car. A vehicle with cracked windows will still heat up to the same temperature, at around the same time, as a vehicle without the windows cracked.

What to do if you see an unattended pet:
If you see an animal left alone in a car, it is important to immediately note the model of the vehicle along with the license plate number.

In the case that the owner is nowhere to be found, you must call the local animal control or police. Meanwhile, monitor the animal's behavior to get an idea on its health condition. Common signs of heatstroke among dogs include:

  • Restlessness or agitation for no apparent reason
  • Excessive panting/salivating
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizure

If the animal seems unable to survive until authorities arrive, extreme measures should only be taken if you are equipped with the proper evidence to support your case. It is important to note that even if you are saving a life, you may still face lawful repercussions for your crime.

So the next time you are planning an outing, it might be best to leave Fido at home. If you absolutely must bring your four-legged friend along, have another friend alongside to watch the dog if you need to run in somewhere. Have them walk the dog, take them to some shade, and bring along a bowl of water.

To learn more about this topic, visit MyDogIsCool.com and pledge to keep your dog cool! 

 Have a fun and safe summer beach doggies!