Even the time it takes to run a quick errand is too long to leave your pet in the car on a hot summer day. Before you run to the store to get “just a couple of things,” you should probably drop Fluffy and Fido off at home. On a sweltering summer day, temperatures in your parked car can rise up to 10 degrees in just 10 minutes. This increase in temperature can quickly add up to 125 or even 150 degrees. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside your car can still rise to dangerous levels.
Cats and dogs are especially vulnerable to heat. Cats and dogs have thick fur coats that trap heat and don’t allow them to cool. Dogs also lack sweat glands and can only cool themselves by panting. If your pet shows any of the following signs of heat stress this summer, make sure you get them to a lower temperature, provide them with fresh water and contact your veterinarian. Your dog or cat may pant heavily, appear weak, drool or vomit and their eyes may appear glazed if they are affected with heat stress. This summer, remember to protect your pet from the heat!