Vet Locks Himself in Hot Car to Show What It’s Like for Pets

This is why you should never leave your dog in a hot car.

Hot cars and dogs don’t mix: You should never leave your pet in a hot car. The results can be devastating. In fact, your dog could die. To prove how awful being locked in a car is during summer, a vet did it to himself. He locked himself inside a car with all four windows cracked to show dog owners why this is such a terrible thing. Ready to see the shocking video? Check it out below.

DOG IN HOT CAR: Vet Locks Himself in Hot Car To Show What It’s Like | The Dodo

Dr. Ernie Ward, the vet in the video, decided to make this video in order to show dog owners exactly how bad leaving your dog in the car can be. Even with all four windows down, even if it’s a breezy day, the results are certainly not pretty. Dr.Ward did this to make a point, even though he knew it would be hard. After all, what human likes sitting in a hot car, let alone a pet? Still, he did it to prove this: If a human can’t take the heat, why would an animal?

As the experiment begins, the vet sits inside the car. He has all four windows cracked down about an inch. So, to begin, he starts a timer to see exactly how hot it gets in there over the course of several minutes. He also has a device that records the temperature.

30 minutes inside a car: The results are hot

At zero minutes of the experiment, it’s already 94 degrees inside the car. That’s pretty hot already, but that’s just to begin. After only five minutes in, it’s already 100 degrees inside the car. “I can tell you that it is stifling in here,” said Dr. Ward after just 5 minutes. After 10 minutes, the temperature has jumped to 106 degrees, and Dr. Ward described it as “almost unbearable. There’s a breeze outside and it’s very frustrating because I can actually see the trees, the wind blowing. And yet, even with all four windows cracked between an inch and a half and two inches, there’s absolutely no breeze in this car.”

After 15 minutes, the temperature shot up to 110 degrees. “If I were a little dog left out here, maybe I’m barking, I’m very nervous. I can only imagine what the core body temperature must be at this point.”

Worse yet, after 25 minutes it went up to 113 degrees, and the vet described it as awful. Everything in his body at that point was telling him to get out. Not to mention he had sweat “completely cascading down [his] face and nose, [and] lips.” Thing is, a human can do that. A dog can’t. In his exact words: “A dog can’t perspire”, which means he has little defense against overheating.

After 30 minutes of this experiment, the temperature was an unbearable 116 degrees. While the vet knew what was going on and was in control of the situation, a dog certainly wouldn’t. A dog would feel so helpless and so frightened to be left in such intense heat. Slowly but surely, that dog would have the energy and the life burnt out of them. Literally.

What you can do to help:

Moral of the story? Don’t leave your dog in a car during the summer months. “You can make all the excuses you want, you can say it’ll be just for a second… but those excuses are meaningless unless you have sat in that car during that same time.” In other words, if you wouldn’t be able to take it, why would your dog be able to? Most dogs will go into heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. If you don’t own a dog, but you see one trapped in a car this summer, here’s what you should do. Knowing what to do could save their lives!

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