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The Risks ofAuto-Related Heat Stroke in Dogs

Heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are all most common in pets that are left unattended in a vehicle. While most animals make a full recovery from mild heat stroke, we know that as a responsible and loving pet owner you want to do everything that you possibly can to protect your little fur ball.
That’s why we designed Vesta, the original and innovative device that can potentially alert you to the danger of vehicle related heat illness. The device is designed to work for dogs, as well as other animals (including people!) It simultaneously monitors the presence of passengers and temperature within your vehicle and can send you (or a family member or friend) a text message alert on your/their phone to inform you of potential heat danger.

Dangerous but Common Misconceptions

There are a few common misconceptions revolving around the danger of auto-related heat illness, including heat stroke. These are the most common of all-

  • Leaving a pet in the car for 5-10 minutes is perfectly safe.
    This is not true. The temperature inside of a vehicle can increase roughly 19 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes.
  • Cracking the vehicle’s windows will help animals stay cool
    Also not true. Studies have shown that cracking a vehicle window changes the speed at which the temperature rises by less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit per 90 minutes.
  • Animals will be fine left in the car on mild days.
    You guessed it, not true. Keep it in mind that the internal temp of the vehicle rises 19 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes. Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, the temperature within your vehicle will reach almost 90 degrees within 10 minutes. That’s a huge deal for dogs, as they do not have a very efficient self-cooling system.

Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness in Dogs

There are actually three stages of heat-induced illness. Unfortunately, the symptoms of all three stages are not common knowledge; particularly in pets. Below is a list of the symptoms of each stage; heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

  • 1. Heat Stress- When dogs are afflicted by heat stress, there are a few warning signs that can be monitored by a keen eye. They include but are not limited to; trying to hide in the shade, licking or pawing at windows or other parts of a vehicle they are in, excessive barking, etc…
  • 2. Heat Exhaustion- Once dogs reach the point of heat exhaustion the symptoms become much more obvious to even the casual observer. Symptoms include those of heat stress but also include; panting, dry mouth, darkened tongue and/or gums, lethargic behavior, etc…
  • 3. Heat Stroke- Heat stroke is the most dangerous form of heat-induced illness. If you even suspect that your dog may have heat stroke, you should visit a vet immediately. Symptoms include the following in addition to those listed above; wide panicked eyes, foam around the mouth, blood in the stool or vomit, a lack of ability or desire to move, etc…

Using Vesta May Decrease Your Pets’ Risk

We want to help you as much as possible with keeping your pets safe, and our product was made with you and your loved ones in mind. Vesta is a trustworthy product from a trustworthy company that really cares about your family and much as we care about ours.

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June 12, 2016