The Dangers of Leaving Dogs in Cars

Leaving a dog in a parked car is unacceptable, ESPECIALLY if it’s a hot day.

Dogs can suffer a great deal and heatstroke can be fatal. Even if the window is cracked, the temperature will keep rising and dogs can easily overheat without free flowing air that’s required to keep their body temperature down.

The following symptoms should scare you: heavy panting at first and profuse salivation, followed by rapid pulse, lack of coordination and loss of consciousness or possible collapse.

Here’s how you can help if a dog that’s been left alone in a car seems even slightly anxious:

  • Write or type out the car’s make, model, colour and registration number.
  • Approach nearby buildings and ask them to look for / alert the dog’s owner.
  • Contact the nearest animal care organization or the police.
  • Don’t leave the dog before help arrives.

Reacting in time could mean the difference between life and death. Once the dog has been rescued, get him to a veterinarian for an evaluation.

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