ENCINITAS–In the time it takes to run in for bread and milk the temperature inside a closed vehicle can become deadly.
Especially at risk are pets, children, elderly people, people taking medication, people who have been ill, and people who are overweight.
Dogs don’t sweat. They pant. When they can’t pant fast enough it can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include nausea, rapid panting, and a reddening skin inside the ears. If this occurs, take your dog to a cool place and offer it sips (not drinks) of water. Dampen it with lukewarm water.
Your dog could suffer heat stroke. Organs will start shutting down. Get emergency veterinary care! Your dog may seem disoriented and walk like it’s drunk. Other symptoms include Confusion, Drooling, Dry gums, Lethargy, Loss of consciousness, Rapid heartbeat, Refusal to drink, and a Body temperature of 105 degrees or higher.
If you believe your dog is suffering from heat stroke, hose it down with cool (not cold) water then rush him to the nearest vet (even if it’s not your regular vet.) If its temperature stays above 105 degrees, damage to the major organs (brain, heart, kidneys, liver) occurs.
“Right to Rescue” does NOT give you “Right to be dumb.”
Make sure the dog is in trouble. Call for the owner. Get a witness. Shoot photos and/or video. Call 9-1-1. Make sure the door is not locked. Make sure the air conditioner is not running. Do not use excessive force. Don’t use a crowbar if you can stick your arm inside an open window to unlock the door or just call professional locksmiths to help you out.