Summer Safety: Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

We love our 4-legged family members here at Montrose Mazda of Cleveland, so we're sending out a quick reminder to all pet parents in the greater Cleveland area to practice summer pet safety and don't leave your dog in a hot car. We not only care about helping you find a new car, but we also care about the precious cargo you drive in it. 

As we all know, it can get pretty warm during the summer in the Lorain and Bedford areas, so even if you think you're making a quick pit stop on your way home from the dog park, do your pooch a favor and take him home where it's air conditioned first!

Watch Out for Heat Stroke

The biggest danger to dogs left in a hot car is heat stroke, which can begin to set in when a dog's interior temperature rises to 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This is just a few degrees higher than their normal body temperature of 101-102.5 degrees. 

While this is dangerous and life-threatening to all dogs, short-nosed breeds-like Staffordshire Terriers, Pugs, Bull Dogs, and Spaniels-are especially susceptible.

Heat stroke in dogs tends to cause the following symptoms:

  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Seizures

If you think your dog may have heat stroke, get him somewhere cool immediately and call your vet. Sprinkle your dog with cold water and place cool compresses on the back of the neck and under the armpits. Don't submerge your dog in cold water or his body temperature may lower dangerously fast.

Take your pet to see the vet as soon as possible.

Don't Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car 

We believe that most dog moms and dads don't mean to cause any harm to their pooch. More often, people don't realize just how quickly cars can heat up, even when it's parked under a tree with the windows down. 

The truth is, a car's temperature can rise 20 degrees above the outside temperature in just 10 minutes. It rises incrementally from there. Even on a comfortable 70-degree day, your car's interior temperature can rise to 100 degrees in the first 20 minutes in the parking lot.

For reference, dogs begin to feel uncomfortable around 83 degrees Fahrenheit. Even on a cool day, play it safe and take your dog home first before running an errand.

What to Do When You See a Dog in a Hot Car

Unfortunately, not everyone knows how hot a car can get, so if you see a dog left in a hot car while you're out in the city, there are steps you can follow to help:

  1. Note the car's make, model, and license plate number
  2. Take a picture of the scene
  3. Ask nearby businesses to make an emergency announcement
  4. Call the police or 9-1-1 and wait by the car

In Ohio, there's also a law protecting civilians who enter someone's car to rescue a pet or child that's in grave danger. Call the police first but keep an eye on the dog for signs of heat stroke and distress while you wait.

Practice Pet Safety This Summer

When you and your pup are out in the Bedford, Lorain, and other Cleveland area neighborhoods, remember to practice summer pet safety and don't leave your dog in a hot car.

Thank you from all of us here at Montrose Mazda of Cleveland for helping us keep our 4-legged family members safe this summer. Contact us at any time with questions!

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