A dog is in a hot car. What do I do?
Call the police or 911 and provide the make model of the vehicle, license plate number and its specific location. Provide a description of the dog and ils condition. Also note the time.
Some locations, such as malls and shopping centers, have on-site security that may be able to take action. Ask clerks at nearby stores/venues to make announcements using the vehicle’s make/model to locate the dog’s owner. If possible, return to the vehicle to monitor the dog’s condition and help responding authorities locate the vehicle.
A dog in distress from hyperthermia is a medical emergency. Signs an animal is in distress include:
- Excessive drooling
- Increased heart rale
- Trouble breathing
- Disorientation, stumbling or poor coordination
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Seizure Respiratory arrest
Dogs rescued from hyperthermia should be moved to a shaded or air-conditioned area. Wet the dog’s coat with room temperature water. Aim a fan at the dog, or fan the dog manually. Ofer cool water but do not force drinking. The doy should be taken to a veterinarian immediately as hyperthermia can result in permanent organ failure or death.