Well folks the warm weather is upon again, and with it come the idiots who leave their dog in a hot car while they shop or dine in air conditioned comfort. You would think by now that people would have gotten it through their heads that a car in the sun with the windows rolled up is essentially an oven. Seems the general population is too stupid to grasp this so let me explain once again (as I seem to do every year) why you should NOT leave your dog in your car in hot weather.
Okay so you are going to the mall, you know you can`t take Fido into the mall so why did you bring him along? It is 98 degrees outside and inside your car it is much hotter. Fido won’t last long in those temps. You really should have left him at home.
I have been saying this every summer for four years now but still people just don’t seem to get it. So, if you really want to know what being trapped in a hot car feels like for your dog go ahead and park your car in full sunlight with the windows rolled up. Now get into your car and sit there for a few minutes. Is it hot? Are you struggling for breath? What you really want to do is jump out of that car and run for the nearest water source don’t you? Now think about how your dog would feel in the same situation.
Now maybe you feel as if I am harping on this subject. Well, truth be told I am. Why? Because the general public seems to think this doesn’t apply to them. Somehow when we tell them that leaving their kids and their dog in a hot car is a death sentence they figure we are talking to everyone but them. NEWSFLASH! We mean NO ONE should do this.
I make the above statement because in my experience it is true. Every time I confront a dog owner about leaving their dog in their car in this weather I get the same excuse, “I was only gone for fifteen minutes, and I left the windows down. You should mind your own business lady, I am not hurting my dog.”
“You are not hurting your dog!” Where the hell did you get that idea? Watch the following video, then maybe you will get what we are trying to tell you:
Even if your dog is lucky enough to survive the hot car the possibility of heat stroke is a real consideration. Do you even know the signs?
Signs of heatstroke include:
- Increased heart rate
- Excessive panting
- Increased salivation
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
As heatstroke progresses, it can cause seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death.
Now tell me leaving your dog in the car doesn’t hurt him! Make some sense people! Leave Fido at home where he is safe and cool.
Until Next Time Remember
WE ARE THEIR ONLY VOICE!