A comfortable 82 degree summer day can quickly turn into a 109 degree oven in a closed car. An even cooler 72 degree summer day can turn into a 116 degree oven over the course of an hour, and keeping the windows cracked only slows the heat up marginally. While it is great to take your dog along for fun summer trips, you should avoid trips would require your dog to sit in the hot car for even a few minutes. Heat stroke can begin in as few as 10 minutes at those temperatures. The folks at MyDogIsCool.com have some more resources for understanding the dangers hot cars for dogs.
ABC's What Would You Do did a little experiment to see how strangers would respond to a hot dog in a car. It seemed that some firefighters even let the culprit off the hook, but some dog loving women and a teenage boy recognized the life threatening situation and called 911. In the experiment, the dog was not in any danger--in fact, she was an actor! They had a hidden A/C unit running in the car and a trainer hiding on the floor commanding the dog to bark and pant. Hopefully the televised experiment will show people the dangers of hot cars, and know that it is ok to call the police if you witness this happening. Here is the video from the segment on the show:
- ▼ July (8)