Thursday, June 28, 2012

Don't Leave Your Dog in the Car!

Perusing my local Police Blotter, as one does, I saw a blog-pertinent entry: "confinement of a companion animal (dog) in a vehicle during extreme temperatures." We had some real scorchers last week (after it stopped raining), so I can imagine this wasn't an isolated incident. I can only hope that the dog was all right.

Dogs Today Magazine, in the UK, has a great site detailing information about how hot a car gets on a warm day, windows open or not. Granted, the car experiment they did records the temperature results in Celsius, not Fahrenheit, but Google is your friend when making temperature conversions. And actually, in their very last picture, you can see that even with all four car windows open, in the sun, the interior reached 50 Celsius, which looks remarkably close to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.




According to PetMd, some signs of heat stroke are: panting, rapid heart beat, irregular heart beats, reddened gums and moist tissues of the body, excessive drooling, seizures, and shock. There are more, but those are some apparent ones, and you can see the whole list on that site, if you'd like.

One thing I've noticed about my area is that there is hardly any shade to be found in parking areas.   Really, I rarely have Elka in the car with me anyway, because she is permitted in so few establishments, I figure she's just happier at home.



10 comments:

  1. It sickens me to see dogs in cars in summer
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    1. Yay, an award! Thanks very much!

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  2. It is so sad to think that people don't realize how dangerous it is to leave a pet in a car. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I guess maybe a good rule of thumb is if you don't do it with a baby, don't do it with a dog.

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  3. Don't forget all the heat that radiates up from the pavement. People just do not think sometimes.

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    1. Yes, I do check the pavement as we start out!

      There was one time when we were traveling, and stopped on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, at the restaurant/souvenir shop there. Somebody had taken their dog out, I guess to potty, though there is only pavement and concrete there. It was obviously far too hot, the dog was lifting up his paws and looking miserable.

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  4. Mom has called the authorities twice already
    Bennyv& Lily

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  5. Such an important message! Amazing how quickly a car can heat up.

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    1. It is amazing! I always knew a car heated up (anybody who drives should, really), but didn't realize just how quickly it occurred.

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