Newnan & Coweta: Keep your dogs out of hot cars!

Not even for 1 minute!

We all love our furry little buddies, but the “dog days” of summer can be dangerous for dogs — especially those dogs left inside hot cars. You’d think that people would heed the warnings and learn from the mistakes of others, but every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

What are the signs of heatstroke in pets?

Imagine not being able to shed your winter clothes on a hot summer day, and your only means of cooling off was by panting. Dogs and cats have little choice when it comes to keeping cool in summer heat. Recognizing the signs of heatstroke will allow for prompt treatment; and time is of the essence when treating this condition.

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
  • sticky or dry tongue and gums
  • staggering
  • stupor
  • seizures
  • bloody diarrhea or vomiting
  • coma
  • death

Keep this in mind, even at just 72 degrees, a car parked in direct sunlight can reach 116. You hear it all of the time, “I never thought this would happen to me”, but all it takes is a few minutes before your car becomes a life or death. Check out the numbers at the Web site, a program of United Animal Nations. When it’s 72 degrees, a car in direct sun can reach an internal temperature of 116. Even in the shade, a car can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors, and cracking the window has almost no effect.

The bottom line is that you are better leaving Fido at home if you plan on making errand stops.

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