Pet in the Car

Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car!

Austin is hitting over 100° again and it is time to remember that you cannot leave a pet alone in a locked car.

Cracking windows, leaving water do little to help your pet in the furnace that your car becomes in this kind of heat. Even at 70° a car can become a death trap for a pet left behind as the temperature can easily rise to over 100.  It is simply not okay to do so and it is an offense for which the police will fine someone.

The best thing you can do is leave your pet home with plenty of cool water and shade. To do otherwise risks serious damage to your pet’s internal organs.  Signs of heat stroke in your pet are disorientation, vomiting, seizures and coma.

And if your pet gets into distress there are a couple of things you can do: give them a cool bath (not ice) or place them in front of a fan or in a cooler air-conditioned room, if possible.  If your pet friend’s condition does not improve, it is best to get him or her to a vet like at the Pet and Bird Clinics.  The vet may give intravenous fluids and other treatments depending on the extent of the possible damage to the internal organs from the heat.

So make this a safe summer for your dog or cat.  Don’t leave them in a car.

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