VIDEO: This dog was in an REI parking lot and was saved by calling the pet owner over the loud- speaker in the store. 
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Every year, too many dogs suffer and die from preventable cases of Heat Stroke. It happens in hot cars, while out exercising, on airplanes, and in a variety of other situations. What they all have in common though, along with the heartbreaking nature of these cases, is that the overwhelming majority of these tragedies can be prevented.

On this page you’ll find vital information and tips that can help you protect your own pets from the devastating effects of Heat Stroke, as well as the resources and tools to get involved in changing the dynamic and conversation to help protect pets the world over.

We’ll keep this page updated with new stories, studies, and resources as they become available. We encourage you to have a look around, share your stories, get involved, and show these resources to your friends and family.

Together we can make a difference and stop these senseless and preventable deaths, as well as the anger, heartbreak, and suffering they leave behind. 

 

Know The Facts About Dogs In Hot Cars

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    "Even just a minute"

    Temperatures inside a parked car can rise 20+°F (11+°C ) in just 10 minutes. #20in10

    That short trip inside to the ATM or to grab a few groceries can easily turn into 10 minutes or more.

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    "Cracking windows" doesn't help

    Multiple studies have shown that interior car temperatures still reach dangerous and fatal levels quickly.

    Check out the facts on "greenhouse effect" in your car and "how dogs sweat" (cool themselves) in the following slides. 

  • heat-stroke-technology-fail

    Technology can fail your dog!

    Air conditioners, car engines, and technology have failed – sometimes with devastating effects.  When air conditioner compressors fail they start to actually blow HOT air into the car!  See "Technology failures" in the News Stories & Videos section.


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    70°F / 21°C is too hot!

    Plenty of dogs have suffered and died from Heat Stroke in cars on 70°F / 21°C days.  For some dogs, depending on their personal risk factors and other variables, even a car on a 60°F / 16°C day might be too hot!

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    "Greenhouse effect" in your car

    Car windows let the light and heat of the sun's rays in, but they only let the light back out – the heat gets trapped and the temperature climbs fast!  Always remember - cars are like greenhouses, but dogs are not like plants.


  • dogs-dont-sweat-like-we-do

    Dogs don't sweat like we do

    Dogs rely mostly on panting to cool themselves off.  This is a mechanism that is easily overwhelmed in the hot, stuffy, stagnant environment inside a parked car.

    Check this out to see what happens to a dog physically and what the signs of Heat Stroke are.

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    Some dogs are more at risk

    Short-nosed (brachycephalic) dogs, overweight dogs, puppies, and senior dogs are just some of the groups that are at higher risk of Heat Stroke.

    Learn about these and other "predisposing factors" for heat exhaustion and stroke.

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    Dogs are not children

    Most children are left in hot cars because their caretakers forgot they were there, whereas most dogs are left in hot cars intentionally because their caretakers don't fully realize or appreciate the dangers of leaving them there. 

    Spreading awareness both online and offline is crucial!