Health Alert: Cars and the Heat – What You Should Know.

May 27th, 2008 by Dan

It feels like summer today – the temperature here in Philly is in the 80′s and we’re sure to be seeing more of this weather on a consistent basis. It’s the time of the year where I need to step up and remind everyone about the dangers of leaving their pets in the car due to the dangers of heat stroke that can rapidly occur. While many of you probably know this already, it’s always good to have a reminder session on just how quickly a car can heat up on a warm day.

Dogs In Cars Sign

Photo by Eleventh Earl of Mar

A car parked in the shade, with the windows cracked on an 85 degree day, can reach temperatures of 102 degrees within 10 minutes! After 30 minutes pass the vehicle can be a sweltering 120 degrees. If there is humidity in the air and the car is parked in a sunny spot, this can actually be increased to a staggering 30 degrees per minute. While panting helps dogs cool down, if the air in the vehicle is already overheated, it will do very little to help the situation. These temperatures can be fatal very quickly. They can also cause seizures, brain damage and other serious injuries.

If you see a dog in a parked car, please seek help for it immediately. Contact the parking authority, a police officer, security or if the car is in a store parking lot, go to the service desk so they can page the owner. Also know the symptoms of heatstroke and how to help a dog who has overheated. Check out my article on that topic here.

Dog In Car

Photo by Chorazin

Dogs are becoming more and more a part of our families and we want them to accompany us on our daily errands, but we have to remember that sometimes they are better in the comfort of their own homes. If it’s hot outside, let sleeping dogs lie!

One Response to “Health Alert: Cars and the Heat – What You Should Know.”

  1. Pai Says:

    At what temperature is is okay to leave a dog in a car with windows cracked for a few minutes (going to the supermarket, for example)?

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