Thursday, August 13, 2009

Do not leave pets in hot cars!
100% of the dogs that died in hot cars could have been avoided!

Recent news stories: Chicago (while shopping!) Denver (while auditioning for American Idol!) Detroit-area (2 dogs) St Louis (7 dogs)

How can anyone leave their pet, their show dog, breeding dog, therapy dog, any kind of pet in the car with statistics like the following? Would they like to sit in the car with no air on?

On 16 cloud-free days in Northern California, the team measured a car's inside temperature at 5 minute intervals for one hour post-parking. Ambient temperatures on the study days ranged from 22°C (71.6F) to 35°C (95F).

They found that, regardless of outside air temperature, the car heated up at a similar rate - gaining 80% of its final temperature within 30 minutes. Cars that started out comfortable 22°C (71.6F), for example, rocketed to over 47°C (116.6F) after 60 minutes in the sun. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slowed the rise at all.

Average elapsed time and temperature rise
* 10 minutes ~ 19 deg F* 20 minutes ~ 29 deg F
* 30 minutes ~ 34 deg F* 60 minutes ~ 43 deg F
* 1 to 2 hours ~ 45-50 deg F
“Cracking” the windows had little effect

"Even if it is a comfortable 60 degrees outside, a closed-car interior can reach 100 degrees on a sunny day."
Testing this out is not rocket science, in the video below we placed a thermometer inside a car and saw it spike to over 130; I have personally witnessed 155 degrees on a thermometer inside a car.

This is an overall good website with lots of information!

Make sure you know how to notice the signs of heatstroke, if you are overworking your dog outside, or see a dog in a car left alone
  • Signs of heatstroke
  • Rapid or excessive panting
  • Bright red or purple tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Glazed eyes or staring
  • Anxiousness or restlessness
  • Depression or weakness

Your dog would rather be left at home for a few hours than wind up with heatstroke or dead! Take your dog out for dog friendly activities, drop them off, then run your errands. It may be inconvenient, but its less heartbreaking in the end.