Monday, August 05 2019
It’s a hot summer’s day. You’re with your dog, driving to a friend’s house. But on the way there, you decide to run a quick errand. Maybe you need to pick something up from the grocery store or mail a package. You tell yourself it will just be a few minutes, so it’s fine to leave your dog in the car alone.
Wrong. It’s never okay to leave your dog in the car. Here’s why you shouldn’t do it.
1. There May Be Laws Against Leaving Your Dog in a Car Alone
In most states, it’s against the law to leave your cat or dog in your parked car alone. If you’re caught, you could get charged with animal cruelty. There are some cities even outside of those states that have ordinances against leaving a pet in the car unattended.
2. Your Car Can Get Much Hotter Than You Might Expect, Even with Windows Open!
The inside of your car is hotter than the weather outside. Suppose it’s 85°F outside. In just ten minutes, your car will have an internal temperature of 104°F! That’s dangerously hot. The hotter it is outside and the longer you leave your dog unattended, the more the temperature will climb. Cracking a window makes little to no difference. The dangers for your pet are still significant.
3. When Your Dog Gets Too Warm, They’re in Danger of Heat Stroke
One of the major risks for your dog in the car is heat stroke. Sadly, hundreds of dogs die every year from heat stroke after being left in a parked car. Dogs can come down with heat stroke even in a moving car. Your dog needs to have the air conditioning on at all times. You should know the symptoms of heat stroke such as:
Eventually, these symptoms can lead to your dog passing out, their organs failing, or your pet dying. If you notice any or all of these symptoms, you need to get your dog to a vet as soon as possible. While you await treatment, offer your dog some water. You can also dab the dog’s fur with damp, cool towels to try to bring their body temperature back down.
4. And, There Are Other Risks to Leaving Your Dog in a Hot Car
Although heat stroke is the biggest danger for your pet, it’s not the only one. Excessive heat can cause your dog to have other injuries that can even last a lifetime. Heat can irreversibly damage your dog’s heart, liver, brain, and kidneys. Lastly, your dogs may also experience muscle spasms.
Aside from your dog’s health, there’s also a risk to your car: there have been many reported cases of people breaking car windows to release pets from cars. If you don’t want your car to be damaged, don’t leave your pet alone in a parking lot!
The bottom line is it’s never a good idea to leave your pet in a car unattended. You’ll regret it. Be kind to your canine companion and keep them safe!