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Every year, countless dogs die in cars due to extreme temperatures. Despite this, only 15 states have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal unattended in a confined vehicle. Petplan pet insurance believes this is a national issue – and that animals need a stronger voice and stronger protection. That’s why we're petitioning the Obama Administration to encourage all states to enact laws prohibiting animals from being left unattended in cars during dangerously hot or cold temperatures.

If 100,000 people sign the petition in 30 days, we get our paws in the door of The White House, potentially paving the way to save the countless numbers of animals who die in hot or cold cars every single year.

Petplan Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson, shares his own heartbreaking story of just one such dog in this video:

Sadly, Dr. Benson’s story is just one of many. Do these senseless deaths make you hot under the collar? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Sign the pet-ition. It only takes a minute and could help save dogs' lives!
  1. Be the voice for those who can't speak with the hashtag #DrivenToBark. You can also localize this hashtag by adding your state’s abbreviation, such as #DriventoBarkInTX.
  2. Don't forget good old-fashioned offline word of mouth! Spread the word about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.
  3. Watch out! When you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled and ears pricked for dogs in cars. If you see a dog left in a hot car, notify a store employee to have the owner paged, or call your local law enforcement agency or animal control immediately.

Be the superhero the nation’s pets deserve... and the one they need today!

Hot Cars Are Dangerous For Pets | Infographic from Petplan Pet Insurance

Even on a relatively mild day, your car can turn into an oven with frightening speed... a speed often underestimated by pet parents. Watch this video from Dr. Ernie Ward to see how quickly your car can turn deadly.

From this chart below, you can see that on an 85ºF day, dogs can be at high risk of succumbing to heat stroke in less than 15 minutes. A pet parent can unknowingly do lasting harm to their four-legged friend in the time it takes them to run "a quick errand."

The Warning Signs Of Heat Stroke In Dogs | Infographic from Petplan Pet Insurance

Dogs don't sweat. Instead, they depend on panting to take in cool air and regulate their temperature. If they only have hot air to breathe, their temperature increases, putting them at risk of heat stroke. 

"You may as well leave your dog in an oven," say our friends at Dogs Trust UK, who are also hot under the collar about this issue. Check out their hard-hitting video here:

Petplan thanks our supporting #DrivenToBark paw-tners: