Leaving your pet in a hot car can be deadly

POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:22pm

It happens every summer and something Dr. James Baggs, with the West Villa Maria Veterinary Clinic, says happens all too often; pets left locked in their owner's car.

"The car is no place to leave an animal," said Dr. Baggs.

You may say to yourself, 'Well I'll only be in the store ten minutes' but on an average Texas summer day when it's more than 90-degrees out, those ten minutes can put your dog's life at risk.

Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can get to as high as 160 degrees in less than ten minutes.

"It's not uncommon for an animal who has been left in the car to come in and have a core temperature of 105-107 degrees and at that temperature, you're killing brain cells," said Dr. Baggs. "Typically they'll be comatose, sometimes seizing and often times they will die."

Unlike us, our four-legged friends can't sweat to cool down so they're at a much higher risk of suffering from heat illness.

So what's the best thing to do with your pet?

Leave them at home because if an officer in Bryan-College Station sees your pet in an enclosed vehicle they can use force to save the animal's life and you could possibly be cited.

"If you wouldn't leave your kid locked in the car, don't leave your pet locked in there either."


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