I'm sure everyone is familiar with this issue to some degree. As you can see by the picture, there is a movement building because of what happens to dogs locked in cars during the summer.
Leaving your dog or pet locked in a car with the window up or the window cracked a little during the summer can be detrimental to a pet's health and even fatal. Recently, there have been many heat-related deaths to pets that were locked in their owner's car. This is extremely dangerous and even if nothing happened to your pet the first time, it could take one or two more times before signs of illness occur.
Some of the signs are:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive drooling
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Respiratory failure
I can say that most people I'm sure have done what I've stated above. I can say myself that there are several times that I've stopped at a store to get something quick and run back out. I'm also sure that many have done the same, with pets or not. But this isn't a good excuse, as that "one" time could ruin your pet’s life.
We're not saying leave your car unattended, but pay closer attention to your pet when you leave to go into a store. Bring a bowl and water with you when you have a pet in your car. Also another thing is if you can, bring your pet out. If not, leave the window down more than just slightly. This way the pet will be able to have fresh air to breathe without the terrible heat.
Check out the site www.mydogiscool.com for more information on this issue. We hope that everyone follows this and ensures their pet's health and life!