While a dog seated on the driver’s seat maybe cute and funny to look at, did you know that you are exposing your pet onto much more danger than it looks? What may seem like a harmless drive can sometimes lead to fatal accidents, especially if the owners are not really familiar with the hazards of leaving their furry friends alone inside the vehicle, particularly in warm and sunny days.
Every year, more and more cases of dogs who are left in parked cars are recorded. Sadly, this means that the number of pets who suffer and die also rise. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs. It literally takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. As a matter of fact, each minute that passes means increased danger for your dog, who can become overheated and suffer from heat stroke in a matter of minutes. Some cases, varying on the circumstances, they can even go into cardiac arrest and die.
Dogs can’t regulate body heat
Aside from motion sickness and stress, one of the most common dangers of having pets inside cars is the uncontrolled temperature and heat. Not many pet owners know that this can be dangerous for cats and dogs, and sometimes this uncommon knowledge can cost them their lives.
Pets have a lower tolerance for heat and higher temperatures because of various of reasons. Firstly, many dog breeds sport a thick and long coat which can cause a higher body temperature than us, humans. Add to that the fact that their bodies can’t regulate heat very much, since they don’t sweat through their skin, but through their paws. Animals are not like humans who sweat in order to release body heat. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws.
Did you know that dehydration and heat stroke can also affect dogs—and in severe cases, the effects are fatal and severe. They can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke.
Temperature rises quicker in locked spaces
Based on various studies, the interior of a parked car on a 29-degree day can reach 38.8 degrees Celcius in under 10 minutes, even if the windows are slightly opened. While on cooler 21 degree days, the temperature inside a car still can be as much as many degrees hotter.
Imagine how fast the air inside a locked car be if all air they have for breathing is carbon dioxide? What makes matters worse is that in under 15 minutes, your pet’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.
Why Tinting your car windows matter
Having the knowledge of how to prevent and what to do in case it happens to you or in case you witness some poor pooch locked inside a car is the first step, and it can sometimes draw the line between danger and safety.
As a preventive measure, installing tints on your car’s windows can make a difference. This does not mean that you can leave your pet alone inside your vehicle if your car is tinted. It only guarantees additional comfort for your furry friend during the whole ride, since tints make the car interiors cooler, especially on summer days. This lessens the chances of them getting heatstroke, or dehydrated during your trip. At the same time, this lessens the risk of accidents, which can endanger your pet’s life and yours too.