Hot Car Hazards

A simple trip to the store on a hot day can quickly turn deadly to pets left inside of a car. It doesn’t take long for a parked car to become dangerously hot, even when the windows are left partially opened. In fact, pets may have just minutes to live when temperatures reach 110° and higher. Leaving your pet in a car may cause it to suffer heatstroke, which could lead to collapse, brain damage, and possible death.

Signs of heatstroke include:

  • difficulty breathing (usually as sudden, rapid breaths)
  • a blank or anxious stare
  • abnormally red gums and tongue
  • disorientation or sudden collapse

If you pet overheats, take action immediately!

Immerse, cover, or rub your pet with cool (not cold or ice) water to lower its body temperature, and get the animal to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. Even if it seems like your pet has recovered, it is necessary to have a professional check it for internal damage.

If you see an animal in imminent danger, call 911

Please share this information with anyone you can. Feel free to print out copies of our “Hot Car Hazards” flier. Click here to download a PDF version of the flier.


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