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On Wednesday, the temperature in Williston was 85 degrees so we decided to put the dog Life-Meter to the test!  We affixed the decal to the inside of a car window and waited one hour before returning to the parking lot see how high the internal temperature of the car was.  To our surprise the inside temp had climbed to 130 degrees!

Our vehicles can quickly reach a temperature that puts pets at serious risk of illness and even death. Even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to us–and cracking the windows makes no difference.

Please do not leave your precious pets in your vehicle.

Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature vs. 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

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

Symptoms of overheating in dogs include:

Heavy panting Elevated body temperature
Excessive thirst Weakness, collapse
Glazed eyes Increased pulse and heartbeat
Vomiting, bloody diarrhea Seizures
Bright or dark red tongue, gums Excessive drooling
Staggering Unconsciousness

By the time a dog is exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke, it’s often too late to save him.

 

Written by: Aimee Gilfillan

For emergencies, please call (802) 863-2387 before you come to our hospital to discuss your pet’s condition so we may advise you about the urgency of the problem. Click here to learn when your pet may require urgent care,

Due to the high numbers of critical patients in our hospital, we may need to advise you to seek care at another veterinary hospital and provide you with a list. There is a limit to the number of very ill patients our veterinarians and technicians can care for. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

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