Every year, countless dogs die in cars on summer days. Sometimes it’s not even that hot outside. Many times the window is cracked and the car is parked in the shade. The startling truth is that even in seemingly safe conditions the temperature inside your car can soar to life-threatening heights in just ten minutes – about the time it takes to run into the post office or the coffee shop or the pet store.
Petplan pet insurance believes this is a national issue – that animals need stronger protection and pet parents need awareness and education. We've created this page as an online resource to help keep pets safe from summer’s heat. Here you’ll find information from veterinarians about the realities of heat illness and heat stroke as well as helpful downloads to share with friends and family.
What’s it like being trapped in a hot car? Watch this video from Dr. Andy Roark, veterinarian and host of the YouTube show Cone of Shame. Dr. Roark is also a writer for AndyRoark.com, DVM360, HealthyPet and Vetstreet.
Spread the word about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars by sharing, tweeting and pinning the safety charts on this page. And don’t forget good old fashioned word of mouth!
- Help raise awareness by using the hashtag #DrivenToBark.
- Take action! 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.
Before another dog dies while trapped in a hot car, join us in raising awareness about this danger.
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.
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.
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."
"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: