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.

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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.



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