New meaning for “hot dog” …

We’ve all seen it recently … it’s summer, the sun is out and there’s a dog left in a car with the windows cracked.  The Department of Family and Protective Services in Texas developed the chart below as an educational tool for children left in cars.  However, the same temps/times hold true for a dog …

How Long Does It Take For A Car to Get Hot?

Outside Temperature Temperature In Car Time it Takes to Reach
75 100 10 minutes
75 120 30 minutes
85 90 5 minutes
85 100 7-10 minutes
85 120 30 minutes
100 140 15 minutes

If you come across a dog in obvious distress in locked car, please call your local animal control or the police department.  Signs of canine heat stroke include: 

  • Rapid panting
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting – sometimes with blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock
  • Coma

More information — and what you should do — can be found at this link … Heatstroke.  If a dog is not in distress, I would probably wait to see how long before the owner comes back and how the dog is faring.  Another reason I carry these printable flyers.