What to Do If You See a Dog Trapped in a Hot Car

Knowing this might help save a life!

As summer rolls in, we all enjoy a healthy dose of sun, heat, and tanning. But summer heat is not joke, especially for a dog. If you see a dog trapped in a hot car, it’s important to act fast. They could easily die of heat exhaustion or heat stroke if you don’t. Thankfully, this video will teach you how (and yes, we’ll explain it too).

Dog Trapped in Hot Car? – What You Should Do | The Dodo

If you see a dog trapped in a hot car this summer, don’t assume they will be okay. Even if it’s 72 degrees outside, it can climb to 108 degrees in 30 minutes. Not to mention it can take as little as a minute for a dog to go into heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Not to mention leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle in extreme heat (or cold, for that matter), is a criminal offense in 14 states and several municipalities.

If you see a dog stuck in a car during a hot day, here are 5 things you should do immediately:

  1. The first thing to do is call 911.
  2. The next step is to take down the car’s information. This includes the type of car it is and the license plate.
  3. The third step is to check nearby shops to find the owner. You can even ask the store to make an announcement.
  4. Next, wait with the dog until help arrives, be it the police or the owner.
  5. Last but not least, if help doesn’t arrive and you can’t find the owner, it’s legal to break the window in certain states. But this should be a last resort. Here are the states that allow this: Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and California.

Knowing these steps could save a dog’s life. And if you’re a dog owner, consider this:

According to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, even humans are not immune to heat stroke or heat exhaustion in a hot car. While sitting in a parked car on a summer day, he observed how his own body was reacting to it. He said “Even with all four windows cracked, there’s no breeze at all. Everything in my body is saying, ‘get out, get out, get out!'”

If humans can’t handle it, why would a dog be any different? Please keep your pets in mind so you can have a happy, worry-free summer!

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