Don’t Cook Your Dog: Tips From a Vet & Publicity Poster

Don't Cook Your Dog Border CollieEveryone has heard tales of doggie (and sometimes human) fatalities every year as a result of the deadly combination of heat and cars. Michigan veterinarian, Kerry E. McKinney, shed some light on keeping track of your car climate and figuring out whether your next road trip is pooch-friendly. You can also share this dont_cook_your_dogs_poster, courtesy of the UK-based “Dogs Today” campaign, with friends to help raise awareness among well-intentioned owners.

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Summer brings plenty of opportunities for fun but a dog, (or child!), in a car on a hot day is a recipe for disaster.

Consider the chart below which illustrates how quickly the interior of a car can heat up.

Even on a relatively mild 70 degree day, the temperature inside a car reaches 89 degrees in just ten minutes.

Tissue and organ injury begin at an internal body temperature of only 104 degrees. In the 85 degree temperatures we’ve had this month, that’s the temperature inside the car 10 minutes after you’ve locked it and run into the store for a quick errand. Why take a chance you choose the “wrong” check out lane with the new cashier and a customer in front of you with unpriced items and 28 coupons?

And if you think cracking the windows makes a difference, think again. Related tests with single and multiple windows left open to varying degrees revealed little difference in the speed of the temperature rise or the ultimate temperature reached.

If you love them, leave them home or take them in with you.

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Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature v. Elapsed Time

Elapsed time

Outside Air Temperature (F)

70

75

80

85

90

95

0 minutes

70

75

80

85

90

95

10 minutes

89

94

99

104

109

114

20 minutes

99

104

109

114

119

124

30 minutes

104

109

114

119

124

129

40 minutes

108

113

118

123

128

133

50 minutes

111

116

121

126

131

136

60 minutes

113

118

123

128

133

138

> 1 hour

115

120

125

130

135

140

Data Courtesy Jan Null, CCM; Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University

Posted by Kerry E. McKinney DVM at 7:42 AM

via FURthermore–Tails from the Front: Please Don’t Cook Your Dog.

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