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70 Degrees and Over…Don’t Take Rover!

Posted In: Canine Health & Wellness

Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is more than 70 degrees!

When it’s 72 degrees outside, a car's temperature can rocket to 116 degrees, even with the windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees in minutes. Leaving a pet in a hot, unattended car is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.

Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car: Call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri ANIMAL CRUELTY HOTLINE 314-647-4400. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs IMMEDIATE attention. Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times: Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside. Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun. If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not.

On hot days, leave your dog at home. Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather. When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside. If your home is not air-conditioned, be sure to keep your pet in the coolest area of the house. Your basement may be several degrees cooler than the rest of the house and may provide relief from the heat. Always be sure to monitor your pet and the ambient temperature. Rising temperatures inside the home are just as dangerous as the outdoor heat!

If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), right away begin applying cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!  To report an animal in weather-related jeopardy, please call the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline (314) 647-4400.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.