The Dangers of Pets in Hot Cars
Casillas Veterinary Hospitals in California would like to remind you of the dangers of leaving your pets in your car while shopping or running errands.
Every pet owner had heard that they should not leave their pets in a hot car, but few understand the seriousness of that statement. If you leave your pet in a car in California on a 70 degree day, the internal temperature of that car will reach 89 degrees within 10 minutes. Within 20 minutes, the internal temperature of the car can reach 89 degrees. Those temperatures increase significantly as the outside temperature increases.
Dogs and cats do not sweat like humans sweat. Their primary modes of cooling themselves involve panting and through convection like lying against cool tile. In a hot car, pets can pant themselves into dehydration, and there are no cool surfaces for them to lie against. This can lead to heat exhaustion and a heatstroke within a matter of minutes.
Pets are also susceptible to high humidity. If it feels hot and sticky to you, it is also hot and sticky to your pet. If you take your pet to the dog park on a hot day and have to run errands afterwards, it is safer for you to take your pet home where he or she can get cool. Then you can run your errands without worrying about your pet succumbing to the heat.
Heatstroke Treatment with our Veterinarians Serving Montebello, Commerce and Lynwood, CA
Signs of a heatstroke in pets include excessive panting, lethargy, decreased urine output, breathing distress and seizures. If you suspect your pet is suffering from a heatstroke, it is important to seek immediate care from our veterinarians. Delaying treatment can cause organ failure, muscle tremors and death. For your convenience, we have veterinary hospitals in Montebello, Commerce and Lynwood, CA.
To schedule an appointment and for directions to one of our veterinary hospitals, call us at the most convenient location for you!
How are you keeping your pet safe and cool this season?