On the Road - Car:
Everyone knows that we should not leave pets or children alone in a parked car. But with summer blazing, this year, like every year, there were a few tragic stories in the news. So maybe everyone doesn't know?
The people involved always stated that they never thought it would happen and why had no one educated them about the danger? Well, what most people don't realize is how fast the heat can build up. A few years ago, the National Weather Service conducted an experiment with a closed car on a sunny, 93F/34c day. They shut the car off and monitored the heat build up. The temperature inside the car rose to a deadly 119 degrees in only 10 minutes! Even on an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle with the windows slightly open can reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes. Overheating can result in irreversible organ damage or even death!
Leaving the windows "cracked" makes very little difference. If you absolutely must take a pet with you on the road, do not leave them in the car, even for a "a couple minutes." Because on a hot day, that's all it takes to be that next tragic story in the news.
At Home - Windows:
Did you know that during hot weather more pets fall out of windows? It makes sense with more windows being left open. But pets don't often fall out of open windows. It seems the problem is loose fitting window screens. Check the screens in your windows to make sure they are solid and secure. Your pet may wrongly assume that it's sturdy enough to lean against. For more hot weather pet tips and warning signs that your pet might be suffering from overheating, check this list from the ASPCA website.
Other Tips for Hot Summer Days:
• Provide shade. Ensure that your pet has protection from the heat and sun – a dog house does not provide relief from heat. Bring your pet inside during the hottest part for the day.
• Provide fresh water. Animals do not sweat like humans. They need fresh, clean water to keep their temperatures low. Refill with cool water often during the heat of the day if the animal must be kept outside.
• Limit exercise during the hottest hours of the day. Exercise your pet in the early morning or in the evening. When possible, walk your dog on the grass. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.