Dog in the car: risk of heat in summer

Like many other European countries, Austria is not spared the hot summer days. Summer temperatures are often stressful for dog owners and their animals. However, it becomes life-threatening when dogs are left in the car in hot weather. If no swift action is taken here, in the worst case scenario, there is a risk of death from heat.

 

Why cars are dangerous for dogs in summer

Not only for people, but also for four-legged friends, there is a great danger in the car in the summer months. Since dogs are denied entry in many buildings, many drivers leave their animals in the car or forget about them in the stress of everyday life. For the animals, the build-up of heat in the car can pose serious health risks. Unlike humans, dogs hardly regulate their body temperature via sweat pores. There are only a few pores on the paws, but they are not sufficient to regulate the heat balance. The most important means of temperature equalization for dogs is therefore panting with the tongue. If the outside temperature rises faster than the body temperature of the animal, it begins with quick breaths. The purpose of panting is for thermoregulation. Air is transported through the dog’s mucous membranes, so that moisture evaporates and the animal’s body cools. Under normal circumstances in the fresh air, panting is a natural regulator. This mechanism of action is not sufficient in a closed car. Due to the heat-storing properties of the body and the lack of air exchange, the temperatures inside a car rise much faster than the outside temperatures. Dogs react to the situation with panic behavior and increased panting. In the worst case scenario, this can lead to heat stroke and death.Due to the heat-storing properties of the body and the lack of air exchange, the temperatures inside a car rise much faster than the outside temperatures. Dogs react to the situation with panic behavior and increased panting. In the worst case scenario, this can lead to heat stroke and death.Due to the heat-storing properties of the body and the lack of air exchange, the temperatures inside a car rise much faster than the outside temperatures. Dogs react to the situation with panic behavior and increased panting. In the worst case scenario, this can lead to heat stroke and death.

When and how to intervene

In principle, emergency situations allow intervention. According to the law, dogs may be freed from the car by breaking the window if there are visible signs of a hazard. These include apathy, severe stress and a blank look. Dogs that are no longer responding to their outside world are also a warning sign. In any case, a third party should be called in to find the owner of the car. In parking lots, for example, the staff of a shop can be informed and search for the car owner via loudspeaker announcements. If this does not appear or if there is an obvious danger to the dog, it is legally permissible to have the window opened by force. The police should be informed as soon as possible. After the dog was released from the car,first aid is necessary. The four-legged friend should be housed in a shady place and cooled with damp, but not too cold, towels. These are carefully wrapped around the animal’s paws and body. Guard dogs can also be supplied with warm water to drink. In any case, the animal should be examined by a veterinarian.

Criminal liability

According to Austrian law, leaving the dog behind in the heat can be a criminal offense. This is the case when the action is visibly adding harm and pain to the animal. Typically, owners are fined heavily for this offense.

Traveling with your dog in summer

Traveling with the dog is also possible in the summer months. In order to make longer car journeys as stress-free as possible, the following points should be observed:

  • Protect dogs in the car from direct sun and buckle up or lead them into the transport box
  • Commercially available cooling blankets or cooling vests help dogs cool down.
  • Take regular breaks when driving, during which the dog can drink and eat
  • Switch on the air conditioning in the car (20 to 22 degrees), avoid drafts
  • preferably drive at night

Conclusion

Summer heat quickly becomes a problem for dogs. According to the law, animal lovers are always allowed to free their four-legged friends from a car if there is a risk of heat stroke. For safe travel with the dog, appropriate preparations should be made and the needs of the four-legged friend should be taken into account. This guarantees a safe journey for humans and animals

 

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