Sonora, CA — On a warm day, the temperature in a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even when the windows are open.
With only hot air to breathe, animals can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or dehydration.
The Sonora Police Department recommends leaving pets at home when it is hot. Police say open windows and shaded parking areas will not save an animal´s life.
In addition, they suggest knowing the signs of heat stress, which are heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse rate, dizziness, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
If a pet does become overheated, get them into the shade and take the following emergency steps; apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest of the animal, do not give them an unlimited amount of cold water, instead let them lick ice cubes, and finally, get the animal to a veterinarian immediately.
Written by Sabrina Sabbagh