SPREAD THE MESSAGE: Leaving a dog or cat in an unattended car is extremely dangerous and possibly deadly.
- The inside of a car—with the windows cracked open—can reach over 100 degrees on a 75 degree day within 30 minutes. (Likewise, pets can freeze to death in a cold car.)
- Even in the shade, on a 90 degree day the temperature inside a car can reach over 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes
- Within 15 minutes, a pet can suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke
Dogs regulate body temperature by panting and sweating through their paw pads—pets do not tolerate extreme heat the same as humans
SYMPTOMS OF HEATSTROKE
- Heavy panting and lack of coordination
- Excessive thirst, thick saliva, and dark tongue and lips
- Restlessness or lethargy
- Vomiting and diarrhea
HOW TO HANDLE A SITUATION
- Take note of the license plate, model & make of the car
- Call 911 or the local police department
- Someone should remain at the scene until the situation is resolved
- If possible, have local business(es) make announcement paging owner
- If the animal looks to be in distress or owner/police response is slow: find a witness, break a window and remain at the scene until the authorities arrive.