Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. The interior temperature of a parked car can rise to an unbearable level in mere minutes. Your pet can suffer from overheating or even heat stroke if you leave them in your vehicle, which could ultimately result in death.
If your pet is exposed to high temperatures:
Look for signs of heat stress – heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
If your pet is overheated, move him to a cooler area and take these emergency steps:
- Gradually lower his body temperature by applying cool (not cold) water all over his body or soaking him in a cool bath.
- Place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water.
- You may offer fresh, cool water if your dog is alert and wants to drink. Do not force your pet to drink.
If your pet does not respond to this treatment and needs further medical care, please take your pet to your veterinarian to be checked out.
Also, if you see a pet left in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call your local animal care and control agency or police department immediately and take the following steps:
- Get the vehicle’s tag number and enter the nearest store or business to request an emergency announcement to be made about a pet left in a hot car.
- Go back and wait for police at the vehicle.
This is something that can be easily avoided. So if you are not taking your pets inside where you are going, then please leave them at home!