Please Don’t Leave Your Pets in a Hot Car!

We all know how hot Oak Grove summers can get, but did you know that the temperature in your car can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes? Here are some important reminders for keeping your pets safe in the sweltering Kentucky heat

It is never safe to leave an animal unattended in a parked vehicle, even if it’s just for a minute. Leaving your pet in your vehicle during these hot summer months can lead to fatal heatstroke. Even with leaving the windows cracked, the temperature can rise to an unhealthy temperature in just minutes.

Here are some signs of heatstroke in pets:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness
  • Stupor
  • Collapse

Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Watch for these signs and make sure your pet is properly hydrated at all times. 

Make sure you give your pets plenty of shady areas where they can get out of the sun.

Most susceptible dogs:

  • Young pups
  • Overweight or elderly 
  • Thick or dark-colored coats
  • Dogs with short muzzles:
    • Bulldogs, pugs, boston terriers, shih tzus, etc.

What to do if you see a dog left in a hot car

According to WKYT:

  • In Kentucky, it is not illegal to leave your pet in the car, however, it is illegal to leave an animal in a situation that is likely to cause them harm.
  • If you notice an animal in a car that is drooling or vomiting, call 911 or animal control. That is the only thing you are legally allowed to do.
    • Some states allow immunity to those who may use forcible means – such as smashing a window – to rescue a vulnerable dog.

For more information about keeping animals safe during the summer heat, go to ASPCA.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Oak Grove, KY, we are more than happy to help in any way we can.