When a Loaf of Bread Can Cost a Life

When a Loaf of Bread Can Cost a Life

In the time it takes to run in and buy a loaf of bread, the temperature in a closed vehicle can become deadly. We’re talking about going from 80 to 110 degrees in just 90 seconds!  

We warn people every summer. The two greatest dangers are that it happens so fast and the temperature goes really high. Especially at risk are pets, children, elderly people, people taking medication, people who have been ill and people who are overweight.

Dogs don’t sweat. They pant. When they can’t pant fast enough or the air they’re breathing is hotter than their 103 degree body temperature, it can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include nausea, rapid panting and reddening skin inside the ears. If this occurs, take your dog to a cool place and offer it sips (not drinks) of water. Dampen it with lukewarm water.

Your dog can suffer heat stroke. Organs will start shutting down. Get emergency veterinary care! This could take three days to happen after your pet overheats.

If you see an overheated dog or person in a hot car:
Call out to see if the owner is near.
Call 9-1-1.
If you’re at a store, ask them to make an announcement.
Get a witness. Shoot a video.
Check to see if police are near. Call for the owner again.
Take whatever action you feel is necessary…and you can live with.

“Right to Rescue” does NOT give you “Right to be dumb.” Make sure the pet is actually in trouble. Make sure the door is not locked. Is the air conditioner running? Don’t use a crowbar if you can stick your arm inside an open window to unlock the door.

Hot Paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Walk when it’s likely to be cooler in the early morning or late in the evening. Walk on the grass or beside the trail instead of walking on asphalt.

Dehydration in dogs is fairly common. Watch for the loss of elasticity in the skin. When pulled lightly, the skin will not readily come back to its original place. Another symptom is when the gums become dry and sticky, and the saliva becomes thick.

Prevention is the best thing you can do. But, if your dog is suffering from severe dehydration, seek immediate medical attention. Your fast action can save the life. And, as we remind you every month, Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow®