Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Summer is in full swing in the US and here in New Jersey, it’s sweltering, with temperatures hitting the upper 80s and in the 90s as well.  Do I even need to suggest to those of you poodle and dog owners, that you don’t leave a poodle in a hot car, or do I?

poodle in a car

This dog might be crying for help in a hot car


Don’t leave a poodle in a hot car

Some of you would be surprised at how often and how many people actually do.  I can hear the excuses now.  People will say things like, “but I was only going in the store for 3 minutes to get milk” or “I left my poodle a bowl of water and cracked open the windows.”  Those excuses are pretty pathetic, when you consider the consequences of even a 3 minute wait in a hot car.

Maybe some of you are not quite sure how quickly a car heats up or how much hotter it is inside the car than outside.  A dog does not have the same ability to keep itself cool like we do.  They cannot tolerate the heat as well or for as long a time.  Watch the video below and you will begin to understand that you will cook your dog if you do plan to leave it in the car even for a few minutes.  Note that the temperature referred to in the video of 38 degrees Centigrade is actually around 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now watch this video!


If you are going to be traveling with your poodle, make sure you have someone with you who can take the dog out of the car when you make stops.  Otherwise, keep your poodle tied up in the shade and limit your trip inside stores to just a very short time, which should not exceed 5 minutes.  The best thing is not to take your dog with you if the temperature is hitting the upper 80s or 90s Fahrenheit.  It is just not safe.  Above all, don’t leave a poodle in a hot car ever, even for a minute!

A very recent story about a woman who found a dog in a car in New Mexico, had called 911, along with the animal services department, but would not wait for them to show up.  She broke the glass and rescued the dog, who most likely would have died in the heat inside that car.  According to the, the woman saved the dog’s life and was actually praised by the dog’s owner for doing what she did.

Susanne Jones called 911, and then the city’s animal services department after seeing the dog lay down on the car floor, apparently too overheated to bark at the barely cracked window anymore.

But Jones did not stop at the phone calls.

After forty minutes of waiting for help to arrive, she used a tool to break out the car’s rear window to allow the dog to get life-saving fresh air.

Original story found here

The woman was a hero for saving the pup’s life, as it surely would have soon died in that oppressive heat.  I would have probably done the same thing, if I ran across a dog in a hot car like that.

What would you do if you saw a car with a dog inside in the heat of the summer?

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