Every year. Without fail. We hear of dog deaths from hot cars. Even with the window down, your pet can overheat to the point of death, in just minutes. Small dogs like Morkies are even more susceptible since their body mass is much smaller. So why does this continue to happen?
We underestimate just how hot the car can get
At 41C (106F) your dog will suffer from irreparable brain damage or death.
We don’t understand how dogs deal with heat
Unlike us, dogs have very limited ability to cool themselves down. They don’t sweat – except a small amount from their paw pads. A dog’s normal body temperature is 39 degrees centigrade, or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. In a car or truck that’s superheated in just minutes to 7 degrees, they don’t have a chance.
Besides, “I cracked the window for him,” we also hear:
It wasn’t that hot for me, or
I wasn’t going to be that long.
People care about their pets. In fact, they care enough to want them with them in the car. They just don’t think.
So if you see a dog locked in a car or truck on a hot day, please take immediate steps. Call the police and the local humane society. I’m not telling you to break a window, but please do whatever it takes to save a life.
No excuses. No hot pets.
It’s warming up again — time to think about your Morkie and potential heat stroke.
Dogs can’t sweat like us – they dissipate a little bit of heat through the pads on their feet (hence “Frito Feet” – stinky dog paws). And they pant, which doesn’t even work that well to cool them off. Those are the only 2 ways they have to naturally cool down.
One small mistake – like leaving your small dog in the car “for just a minute” can spell heat stroke and even death.
Signs of heatstroke
- Your Morkie is panting a LOT – far more than usual.
- A bright red tongue.
- Thick, sticky salvia.
- Depression, confusion, unsteady on legs.
- Vomiting and diarrhea.
If your Morkie has any of these symptoms, please – act quickly!
- You need to lower his body temperature, carefully, so run a cool (not cold) bath or sink of water and ease your dog into it.
- Be sure the head and neck get cooling water.
- Give your Morkie plenty of cold water. A little salt in it will help restore his natural balance of minerals.
- Use a small package of frozen veggies as an ice pack for his head and neck area.
- Don’t force any water into your dog’s mouth, and take care he doesn’t choke in the tub or sink.
An ounce of prevention
Never leave your dog in the car in mild or warm weather. And certainly not in hot weather!
Don’t think parking in the shade helps – your car’s interior is like an oven. That’s why this ad was created last year. In fact, ‘temperatures can climb from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes, to 125 degrees in 6-8 minutes’ according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
If your Morkie is outside, be sure he has plenty of shade and water.
If you’re travelling with your dog in the car and it’s warm, keep him secured in an open, wire-cage type of container, not a closed-in dog carrier.
Dogs don’t always know when to take it easy, so if it’s hot out, restrict his running around outside.
Avoid sand, concrete and asphalt – it can get volcanic-hot on tiny paws.
Finally, don’t hesitate to call the Vet if you think your Morkie has become over-heated. There are some serious, long lasting effects of heat stroke that only a medical professional can diagnose.
In the meantime – keep cool!
Please note: this article has been provided for informational purposes only. If your pet is showing any signs of illness, please consult a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Excellent PR work from the site mydogiscool.com
Apparently not so simple for some people. Dogster reports today:
On June 29, Angela Kleinfeld was arrested after her dog died in her hot car in Pleasant Hill, California. Outside temperatures were more that 100 degrees. Police broke into the car and took the dog to the vet, but they were too late.
A day later, police rescued a cat and dog from a hot car in St. Helena, California, as the owner was off wine tasting. It was 94 degrees “in the shade,” said St. Helena Sgt. Scott Fleming. “On concrete, in a car half in the sun, it was much hotter than that. It was an oven in there.”
A day later, police charged a New Hampshire woman with cruelty to animals after allegedly finding her dog in a hot car in the Short Sands Beach parking lot in Maine. The dog was “panting and looking distressed.” The owner arrived and was “rude,” and said she didn’t leave water in the car because the dog spills it.
Is it really possible some people just don’t get it?
A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all.
Surely we all know this. But people will still ‘run into the store for a minute’ and leave their dog to die. Really really dumb people like Angela Kleinfeld, the woman whose dog died, above, in a car in California.
If you see a parked car with a dog in it on a hot day
Don’t hesitate, say law enforcement officials. Call 911 right away. Do the right thing and intervene to save a life.
And please remember, Morkies are so small, they are affected more quickly.