A Deadly Mistake: How to Protect Your Pets in the Heat

The sizzling temperatures are here! Do not leave your pets in your car, even for a few minutes. In June to September of last year we had 22 confirmed cases of dogs left in  cars in Fairfax County, including one death.


Rolling down the windows has little effect on the temperature inside a car. High temps can cause organ damage and even death for our furry friends. Call 9-1-1 if you see a pet alone in a parked car on a hot day.

Pet owners are urged to remember the following tips:

·         On a warm day, temperatures can rapidly rise to dangerous levels. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact police. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes.

·         If your pet shows any of the following signs contact your veterinarian immediately:

  •      heavy panting
  •      glazed eyes
  •      rapid heartbeat
  •      vomiting
  •      fever
  •      dizziness
  •      restlessness
  •      excessive thirst
  •     profuse salivation

·         Take steps to reduce the animal’s body temperature; apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest, provide water and ice cubes for hydration, and move the animal into the shade or air-conditioning.