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Hot Car No Place for Your Dog

Jun 14, 2010

First, you can find all this information on MyDogisCool.com and here we’re merely passing great info along.

It’s important

Summer is here and much as we all like to have our dogs with us.  We must be smart about it and be sure that we’re not putting our pet in harm’s way.

Do not leave your dog in your car.

Even for a minute.

Not one.

Because it can become an oven in less than a minute and you can get distracted.

If you find a dog left in a car:

  1. Alert the store manager
  2. Call the police
  3. Call animal control
  4. Call a local animal shelter
  5. Call the SPCA
  6. Call someone and make sure someone responds before you leave

How hot does a car get and how fast?

  • San Francisco State University – April 2007 fact sheet utilizing data from a Golden Gate Weather Services study
  • Another study reprinted from the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society
  • A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all.

If your dog gets how in these hot summer months, cool him/her down with water (not ice water) just regular water.

If you’re dog has any of the following symptoms, it could be heat stroke – seek medical attention, even if they look fine.  The internal organs could be severely affected and will show no outward signs sometimes.

Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to): body temperatures of 104-110F degrees, excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, coma, death.

Here are other ways to help our four legged friends:

~Print out or email these flyers to others about keeping your dog cool.

MYDOGISCOOL black and white flyers – Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car

MYDOGISCOOL red flyers – Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car

MYDOGISCOOL POSTERS (seen above)

~ Keep all these phone numbers in your cell phone.

  1. Police
  2. Animal Control
  3. SPCA
  4. Local Animal Shelter
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