An older dog looking out the car windowCan you guess what it is? If you guessed leaving your pet in a parked car, you hit the nail on the head.  Even on a relatively nice day (think 85 degrees) your car’s interior can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes and 120 degrees within 30 minutes.

Take into account your dog’s lack of sweat gland and inefficient heat exchange mechanisms (panting), and your pooch can be in a pickle in no time flat.  Even leaving the windows cracked is not enough to make a huge difference.

Overheating can lead to permanent damage to major organs including the brain and may even lead to death.  If you see a pet in peril this summer, be sure to try to alert the animal’s owner.  If that is not successful, call 911. Often law enforcement or animal control can help.

As always, please contact us with any questions.