Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Leaving Your Pet in a Parked Hot Car

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

A pet can be a great companion when traveling in your car. But leaving your pet in the car while parked, especially on hot summer days is putting your pet at risk, even death.  Despite repeated media warnings, each year pets are left inside hot vehicles.  

Even with the windows left open, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise very quickly, creating a potentially fatal condition for your pet.  A dog or a cat's temperature is higher than humans and the temperature inside a car can rise to 150 degrees or higher in a matter of minutes.  It doesn't take long for heat to dilate blood vessels, shutdown organs and even clot blood.  

Make sure your pet has enough water on hot days and if you are traveling somewhere that does not allow pets, it’s better to leave your pet at home.