The Dangers of Leaving Your Furry Friend in a Hot Car

Dog in hot carWith the dog days of summer right around the corner it is important to take a second to think about the safety of man’s best friend. Unfortunately, every year countless dogs perish as a result of being trapped in a hot car.

By now most all pet owners have heard “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day,” unfortunately; some choose to ignore this lifesaving advice. Most of these cases start off innocently enough with owners cracking the windows and thinking they will only be gone a few minutes. Then, next thing they know a few minutes has turned into 30 minutes. In this time the interior of a parked vehicle can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees.

For dogs, exposure to this type of high heat can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat, leaving them unable to cool down. Without the ability to cool off dogs are easily susceptible to experiencing dangerously high core body temperatures, brain damage, and eventual death.

Just recently Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian from North Carolina and pet advocate, shut himself in a hot vehicle and documented his experience. From the video, you can see that after almost 30 minutes the conditions inside the vehicle had become unbearable. Dr. Ward hopes this project will serve as a reminder to pet owners everywhere to “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day.” James Ceranti Nissan would like to remind you to think smart this summer when taking your pets along for a ride.