Vet Sits In Hot Car for 30 Minutes to Show Effect On Pets

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Plenty of pet owners are guilty of this choice. You have to run an errand while you're out driving with your dog, and you decide to leave your pet in the car while you quickly step out. It's easy to assume that if the windows are left cracked open and your dog is alone for less than an hour, everything will be fine. Dr. Ernie Ward of North Carolina believes this logic is dangerous, and perhaps even deadly, for your furry friend - especially in warm weather.

To prove his point, the veterinarian spent 30 minutes in a car left out in the sun on a typical summer day. After only five minutes, temperatures start to climb to uncomfortable levels with temps reaching 106 degrees at the ten-minute mark. Dr. Ward points out that even though all the windows are cracked open, there is no breeze coming through and the heat is oppressive.

By the end of the experiment, the vet is drenched in sweat and eager to get out of the stifling vehicle that has now reached 116 degrees. While the situation was uncomfortable for Dr. Ward, it must be terrifying for a pup. Dogs are not in control of this situation, unlike Dr. Ward, and are unable to perspire to help beat the heat. Being trapped in a scorching car can easily scare and wear down most dogs and can prove fatal to small and/or senior canines. After watching the clip and suffering through a half hour of 100-plus temps, Dr. Ward hopes pet owners won't risk putting their dogs through this dangerous ordeal.

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Donna Minion Olsen L

Some have mentioned that the vet is not wearing a fur coat and also could exit at any time he wishes...true! How about also that the dog would be in a panic looking for a way out, causing even more exhaustion and stress.

July 07 2014 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I work in conditions over 110 degrees and high humidity, and that's wearing full coveralls, double gloves, double booties, hood, hardhat, and safety glasses. The ONLY exposed skin is your face, which you cannot wipe or touch in any way. Also, drinking or eating, or even chewing gum is prohibited.
Why don't you get dressed and come on in the reactor building with me for a day?
I know first hand what heat stress is, and leaving a dog in a car for an hour is not it.

July 13 2013 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 22 2013 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to PooOnShu's comment

Tell that to all of the dogs AND BABIES who have died in hot cars every year. They must have been faking it.

July 22 2013 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Marie Lynn

yes becuz there are LOTS of stupid people that leave their dogs in the car.... i have called 911 myself on them..

July 08 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why are so many people blasting the vet? Yes it seems obvious to you, but you'd be surprised how many morons out there can't figure it out for themselves. You basically have to shove them head first or make them witness the effects first hand. I applaud the vet for being willing to subjugate himself to these conditions to teach a lesson even for a little while!

July 04 2013 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Put on a fur oat and now you have what an animal is going through.

July 03 2013 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have him put on a fur coat and you now have what an animals going through

July 03 2013 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron Styrker

He needs to get into a car to find this out !?

July 02 2013 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Has anyone heard what happened to the police officer in Iowa last year? Both of his police dogs died in his car caused by heat, he forgot them in his cuiser. I'll bet ya he got away with it.

July 02 2013 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The vet was able to exit the car upon becoming too uncomfortable. Let's see how long he would last if he couldn't get out!

July 02 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The vet could exit the car if he felt too uncomfortable. How about if we leave him in until I get back from the store!

July 02 2013 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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