With the sunny weather, people are spending more and more time enjoying the outdoors. But if you bring your furry friend along for the adventure, don’t leave them in the car!

Leaving your dog in a hot car is dangerous for your pet, especially with the warmer weather. Learn more about the dangers of a hot car in today’s blog. Then, if you need emergency vet help for your pet, choose Steel City Emergency Vets in Birmingham.

The Dangers of Hot Cars

When you sit in your car with the windows down or the air running, any sunny day can feel crisp and beautiful. But once you park your car and leave, you can think about the interior of your car like an oven.

While the temperature outside might be a beautiful 80 degrees, the inside of your car doesn’t stay that temperature — especially if you didn’t park your car in the shade or leave any windows cracked to allow some air flow. In just a few minutes, the interior of your car can reach over 100 degrees. If you leave the interior for longer than that, the interior temperature can keep climbing to temperatures as high as 120–130 degrees.

Why is that type of heat so dangerous to your pet? When humans get warm, we sweat as a way to cool our bodies. When temperatures rise, dogs try to cool themselves off by panting, but they are unable to sweat in the same way humans do. This leads them to feeling discomfort and unable to adjust to the higher temperatures.

If your dog is stuck in these temperatures for any length of time, they can start to experience heat exhaustion — something that could lead to serious or fatal injuries if they’re not treated quickly.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs

Heat stroke can lead to serious or even fatal problems. Dogs can get heat stroke when they’re left in the car for too long or if they’ve spent too much time out in the heat. The most important thing is understanding the signs:

  • Panting
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Bright red tongue
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle tremors

As soon as you notice these signs of heat exhaustion, remove your dog from that warm area to help lower their body temperature. You can also attempt to cool them with warm (not cold) water, including around their ears and paws.

But if your pet is not recovering from their heat exhaustion, seek out emergency vet services and call your veterinarian as soon as possible!

Find Emergency Vets in Birmingham

Our team knows that experiencing any emergency with your pet can be scary. That’s why our team of emergency vets is here to help — whether your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion or had a different accident.

If your pet is showing the signs of heat exhaustion, bring them in to see our emergency vets at Steel City Emergency Vets in Birmingham right away! Follow our blog for more information about keeping your pets safe, happy, and healthy: