Does your dog love to go on a ride in the car with you? This is fun and common for many but can pose major health risks to your pet. Warm weather can be deadly for a dog that is left inside a vehicle. An outdoor temperature as low as 70 degrees is still too hot for your pooch. Even with windows cracked, a car’s internal temperature can climb to 116 degrees in less than an hour. Nor is it safe to depend on air conditioning. Dogs overheat more easily than people because they cannot sweat through their skin to cool themselves.
Clinical signs of overheating:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Glazed eyes
- Bright or dark red tongue and gums
A good guideline is to not leave your pets in the car when the temperature outside reaches 70 degrees or above for any period of time. For us Oklahomans, that’s pretty much the entire summer!
Officer Stevenson with Edmond Animal Welfare has already charged some Edmond patrons with animal cruelty due to their dog showing signs of overheating when found to be left inside an unattended vehicle. The charge of animal cruelty is a felony in Oklahoma (O.S. 21:1685).