Leave them at home!
You may think that bringing your pet along with you to do errands will be fun for the both of you, but when you consider it, not all places that you will be visiting are going to be pet friendly. This means that while you are shopping or eating, your furry friend will be left out in the heat — and car temperatures increase very quickly.
From last spring until this May alone, Washoe County Regional Animal Services received 536 calls about dogs in a hot car.
Temperatures: Outside versus Inside
In just five minutes, temperatures can spike up to ten degrees warmer. This means that in a matter of fifteen minutes, the average temperature in your car on a hot day will have gone up about 24 degrees Fahrenheit. This is unbearable for your pet, and heat stroke can occur in a matter of minutes.
Watch our Video
In collaboration with SPCA of Northern Nevada and Washoe County Regional Animal Services, we have created this informational video on the importance of why you should NEVER leave your dog in a hot car.
Signs of Heat exhaustion in dogs
If you see a dog that has been left in a vehicle, look for these signs of heat exhaustion:
- Excessively panting
- Slow to respond or confused, glazed eyes
- Dizziness or lack of coordination
- Excessive drooling
- Rapid or erratic pulse
- Severe Heat exhaustion symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, collapse, convulsions, and/or discolored gums
Please call Washoe County Regional Animal Services at (775) 322-3647 (DOGS) to retrieve the animal from the car. Do not break attempt to enter the vehicle on your own.