It Only Takes Minutes for a Dog to Die in a Hot Car
It only takes 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car! Do not leave your dog in a vehicle. Your pets can overheat in a car, even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade. Even on mild days, temperatures in a car can quickly increase to reach more than double the outside temperature. When it’s 22 degrees celsius outside, the inside of a car can reach a dangerous 47 degrees celsius. This is no environment for a dog or any pet.
How fast does the temperature rise in a car
Temperatures in a car can rise to dangerous levels and can rapidly reach more than double the outside temperature even on mild days. Tinting, parking in the shade or leaving the windows open do not help to reduce the inside temperature significantly.
Emergency treatment at home
Emergency treatment at home should aim to bring the body temperature down at a steady rate; spray cool water onto your dog’s body and use a fan. You can also help by applying rubbing alcohol or water to the armpits, foot pads and groin. Don’t use ice or ice-cold water, as this may cool your dog down too rapidly.
Symptoms of heat stress
Dogs suffering from heat stress may pant, drool and become restless. Over time, they become weak and the colour of their gums may change; they may also start to stagger and experience vomiting, diarrhea or seizures.
Ute trays can burn
Dogs travelling on the back of utes can burn their footpads or bodies on the tray as these can get very hot in the sun. If you own a ute you should cover the trays with a suitable material and provide a shaded area.
Vet treatment is essential
Heat stroke is an emergency. Given the seriousness of this condition it is better to be safe than sorry and have your dog checked out by a vet.
Severe penalties apply
Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. If your dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, you can be fined and spend time in jail.
Some dogs may suffer more than others
Dogs with short faces (such as pugs and bulldogs) can suffer in the heat because they find it difficult to breath. Obese and aged dogs are also at greater risk, as are those with heart disease and thick coats.
This press release is Courtesy of the RSPCA. Learn more here.