Dogs in Hot Cars


Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.
Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.
Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.
PETA offers leaflets that can be placed on vehicles to remind people never to leave unattended animals inside. For information on ordering PETA’s “Don’t Let Your Dog Get Hot Under the Collar” leaflet, please click here.
Simon Cowell stars in PETA’s public service announcement (PSA) informing viewers of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. You can help spread the message by contacting us at or 757-622-7382 for information on how to get the PSA aired on your local television stations

Take Your Dog For A Safe Car Ride

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We all love our dogs and we love taking them in the car with us around town or on long trips. Your main job is to keep him safe and make sure he is secure in your car when you take him for a ride.

Here’s how to reach your destination safely and happily with your dog in the car. 

Help Keep Your Dog Comfortable in the Car

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Be sure to make a comfortable place for your dog to sit or lie in the seat. Use a blanket or buy a seat cover made just for dogs to protect the cars upholstery. If you have an SUV, use a crate for your dog. Giving the dog a nice place to rest and feel safe is important during a long drive.

Keep Rover Confined

You may think it’s more fun for the dog to roam the car while you are driving, but it’s actually much safer to keep the dog confined and tethered by a safety harness. Dogs can be a distraction to drivers and can also be dangerous for both of you in the event of an accident. Just stopping the car too quickly could seriously injure a dog.

Take Frequent Breaks 

If you’re on a long trip, be sure to give to yourself extra time when a pet is involved. Stops for potty breaks will need to be made every hour or so and allow for a quick walk for some much needed exercise.  The walks will help release nervous energy and keep Rover happier during the trip!

Provide Entertainment 

There are dogs that love going for rides and will nap for hours or just be content to be with you in the car. Other dogs get nervous and restless especially on longer rides. Be sure to take your dog’s favorite toy or some bones to chew on while riding in the car to keep them occupied. Just like children, they need things to do to keep them happy on long journeys from home!

NEVER Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

A car can quickly reach high temps and become a death trap.  On a 78-degree day, the temp in a parked car can reach 100 to 120 in just minutes. On a 90-degree day, the inside can reach 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When the temps get into the 100 degree mark, your dog can sustain brain damage in as little as 15 minutes. Avoid Rover and you any stress from the heat by just leaving him at home on hot days.

After taking your dog on those trips, your car may need a nice cleaning. Call our Mobile Detail & Spa Service at 714-444-3100 and we’ll be right over to clean up after Rover!