While it’s true that most dogs absolutely love to go for a ride in the car, that can be a dangerous proposition in the sweltering hot summer months. One such situation happened recently in the United Kingdom. Two chocolate Labradors were locked in a hot car sitting in the sun and it was unclear how soon their owner would return. Someone contacted the York City, UK police who arrived on the scene to break a window of the car. At that point, the two dogs had been trapped inside the hot car for just over thirty minutes. Officers believe the dogs would not have survived in the car much long than that.
The police department posted images on Twitter, saying that their officers were struggling to breathe after thirty seconds in the car, so they could only imagine how hard it was for the dogs. The dogs were picked up by the RSPCA and rushed to a local veterinarian, who treated the pair for heat exhaustion. The dogs were drowsy and drooling, which are symptoms of heatstroke. Staff gave the dogs cooling baths to help them recover.
The RSPCA says this is, unfortunately, a common situation in the summer. They reported receiving 625 calls in two weeks about dogs in hot environments like cars. On the day they received a call about the two Labradors, they had fielded 167 calls about dogs in hot cars to their emergency hotline. They say most dog owners don’t realize the danger they are placing their dogs in, thinking it won’t be bad for them to be in the car while they run a quick errand. However, cars heat up very quickly and dogs are in danger in a hot car within a few minutes of the engine (and air conditioning) being shut off. Dogs can die within 10 minutes of being in a hot car, so it’s best to not bring them along with you, even if you’ll only be a few minutes. It could be life or death for your dog!