Keep pets out of hot cars! …

Keep pets out of hot cars!

Posted on July 24, 2011 | By

You may be a well-meaning animal lover who likes to take your pet everywhere, but if you plan to leave them in the car during your errands or lunch date this summer, don’t. Every year, dogs die untimely deaths while trapped in hot cars.

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So again, here’s the deal: on hot and sunny days, PLEASE leave your furry friends at home.

And if you need more of an incentive than “because I said so,” RedRover (formerly United Animal Nations) offers these five reasons why leaving your pooch in the car during warmer weather can be deadly:

1. Dogs are vulnerable to high temperatures because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

2. Even on seemingly mild days, enclosed cars can be deadly. In a Stanford University study, when it was 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature climbed to 116 degrees within one hour.

3. 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 just 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

4. A dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short period of time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death. Remember, on very hot days, this can happen in a matter of minutes.

5. Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a vehicle’s internal temperature.

Sadly, not everyone heeds this common-sense advice. On July 20, a puppy named Gizmo died in Folsom, California after his owner left him in the car for two hours at a grocery store. Police put the puppy in an air conditioned patrol car, doused him with water and rushed him to a vet hospital for treatment, but Gizmo’s condition rapidly deteriorated and he died during the night.

Leaving your dog in a car when it’s hot outside is the equivalent of “putting someone you love in an oven and walking away,” says RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. If you ever see a dog alone in car that appears to be in distress, notify any nearby businesses to try to locate the owner. If the owner cannot be found and you believe the dog’s life is in serious danger, contact the police and local Humane Society chapter.

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