Pets can die quickly in hot cars

Pets can die quickly in hot cars
Monica Cortez-KTSM
Weather Talk

POSTED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 2:49pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 3:00pm

It is safe to say it's pretty hot outside. In fact, if it gets too hot, we can easily take off a couple of clothing layers and even run around in our undergarments if necessary.

But, for your four-legged friends, that's not an option.

I actually have two dogs, one is a beautiful German Shepard and the other one is crazy but adorable Border Collie.

Unfortunately, both have to be kept outside because they are much to big to be roaming around inside my house.

Pets can get dehydrated or get heatstroke quickly so any pet outside needs to have plenty of water and access to shade.  

Remember that older, obese or short-nosed dogs like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs are less tolerant of heat.

And this brings me to the next issue. Leaving your dogs inside a vehicle.

Do you remember waiting for your mother inside the car while she went inside a store to do a quick errand during the summer time?

Remember how awfully hot it felt sitting there just waiting?

It's a lot worse for pets.

It's not uncommon to see dogs hanging their heads out of car windows during the spring and summer months.

But if you are planning on running a quick errand at a store, which might lead you to leave your pets inside a car, veterinarians and law enforcement officials say your four-legged friends are better off waiting for you at home.

Temperatures inside vehicles rise rapidly during the spring and summer months, reaching dangerous levels within minutes.

As an example, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, temperature will reach 120 degrees.

Time and time again we hear of animals dying inside a parked car due to heat exhaustion.

As a pet owner my self I know how important it is to take your beloved four legged friends everywhere you go, but I am pleading don't leave them inside your car even if you are only running a quick errand.

Even if an air conditioner is running, it's never good to leave an animal inside a car. Dogs, for, example, have an internal body temperatures of 102 degrees, making it difficult for them to cool themselves.

Did you know:
In a car with windows, even if they are cracked, the temperature can increase 15 degrees in 5 to 10 minutes

Here are some symptoms you should be aware about for your pets.
Symptoms of heat-related disorders:

Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
Increased heart and respiratory rate
Difficulty walking
Appears weak or in a stupor

Treating heat-related disorders:

Place the pet in the shade or air conditioning immediately, and apply cool – not cold – water to reduce the animal’s core body temperature. Get help from your veterinarian as soon as possible.

As a pet owner to another, please be considerate of your animals this summer.

To report an animal in distress from the heat or lack of shade or water, contact the Doña Ana County Animal Control Office via central dispatch, (575) 526-0795.

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