Keep Pets Out of Cars in Warm Weather
By: APA Adoption Center | January 14, 2015
Remind your family not to leave animals unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a day when the temperature is about 85 degrees, inside a car with the windows opened slightly it can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After thirty minutes, the temperature will reach 120degrees.
At 110º, pets are in danger of heatstroke. This can happen even with a car window partially open and the car is parked in shade. Pets are not able to cool off the way people do. Be on the lookout for animals that are overheated:
- Look for signs of heat stress, such as panting, glazed eyes, unsteadiness, throwing up, hard time walking, or a deep red or purple tongue.
- If your pet is overheated, lower her body temperature immediately. Do this by moving her to the shade and applying cool water all over her body to gradually lower her temperature. Apply ice packets or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest only. Do not pour cold water on your pet or put your pet in a cold bath.
- Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take your pet to a vet immediately.
If you see an animal in a car showing any of these signs, ask one of your parents to call the police. Do not try to pet the dog or take it out of the car.