Dogs in hot cars

If you have to go shopping and must take your dog with you….

Do NOT leave your dog in the car when it is HOT outside…|main5|dl12|sec1_lnk3&pLid=176647


In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

Studies show that parking in the shade or cracking the windows has little effect on a car’s internal temperature.

what to do if you see a dog in someone else’s hot car and the dog is in distress
1. Call 911, the police and/or animal control
2. Try to find the owner

Signs an animal is in distress include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory arrest

At least 14 states and many municipalities have laws that specifically address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. These laws often authorize law enforcement officials to enter a vehicle and remove the animal. Even states without these provisions may consider leaving an animal in an enclosed car to be animal cruelty.

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5 responses to “Dogs in hot cars

  1. I am not sure why so many people still have not gotten this

  2. I live in Nashville, where it is in the 90s-100s regularly, and leaving my pug in the car would be a disaster. The only time I ever leave him in the car without the AC on is when I pump gas, other wise he is either going where I’m going, or he is in the car with the AC on.

  3. Thank you so much for posting about this important issue! I don’t understand how people can think that it is okay to leave their dog in the car, even for a short time, when it is so hot out. Think about it – can you stand it when you enter your car after running into the store on a hot day? Or do you immediately roll down the window and blast the A/C? I swear, people don’t think sometimes.

    Stopping in from the Blog Hop …

  4. I will never understand how people seem to think that’s a good idea. Jen had to take DeDe to the vet for her vaccination Friday and you’d think she’d packed for a camping trip… lots of water and phone numbers all in case she broke down in the heat. *rolls eyes*

  5. It’s like leaving babies in cars, it’s just not a good idea. Want some dead adorableness on your hands? I didn’t think so.

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