As the DOME OF HEAT grips vast portions of the U.S. this week, Trupanion – a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, wants to remind responsible pet owners just how quickly the inside of their cars can heat up – putting their beloved pets at risk.
When the temp outside reaches 85 degrees – it quickly turns to almost 120 degrees in our cars – even with the windows cracked! So just imagine inside your car when the DOME OF HEAT brings outdoor temperatures that blast past 90 – and even 100 degrees!
In fact, Trupanion sees four times as many claims related to heatstroke in the summer, such as June, July, August months, compared to the rest of the year.
“Heatstroke can occur if your dog is in a hot car,” said Dr. Sarah Nold, a staff veterinarian at Trupanion. “Heatstroke is an emergency and delayed treatment can result in a worse prognosis. Kidney failure is a possible delayed complication from heatstroke. A dog that has an episode is thought to be an increased risk for future episodes. The warning signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, disorientation, and seizures.”
The infographic below drives home the importance of keeping our pets cool as the temps begin to soar — thanks for alerting your viewers on how the warmer weather can affect our pets!