Leaving Pets in Hot Cars

It seems as if every summer we see stories of parents leaving children in hot cars. By now, we all know that is a very dangerous thing to do and simply shouldn’t be done. The same consideration should be given to our pets. After all, aren’t they also part of the family? The truth of the matter is the humans are not the only ones who can suffer from heatstroke or other ill effects due to hot temperatures.

Bringing our pets along with us as we run errands is something that many of us enjoy. Dogs often enjoy the fact that they get to come along on car trips. But during the heat of the summer, special precautions must be made. For example, it is simply not okay to run into the store and think everything will be alright for a few minutes – even if you crack the windows open a little bit. First of all, it is common for trip to the store to take longer than we originally planned. Let’s say that you run into a friend and spend ten minutes talking to her, not thinking about your pet sitting outside in the heat and humidity?

To be honest, it doesn’t take a long time in such conditions and your furry friend can pass away. This can happen due to a few different factors. First of all, if there is not enough air circulation, your dog can overheat quickly. After all, dogs don’t sweat the ways humans do. Secondly, dehydration is another issue. The high temperatures can contribute to a dog becoming dehydrated, which can make them very ill.

If you must bring your dog along on errands, do it a favor and DO NOT leave it in the your vehicle. Bring a leash with you so that you can bring him along wherever you are going. If you’re going to be walking for a long period of time, try to avoid asphalt when possible. Think about the temperature of the pavement. It can be really rough on the paws. Also, bring water. Make sure your dog is drinking it regularly. And watch for signs of heatstroke – including lethargy, panting, and vomiting. If any of those symptoms occur, get your dog into cooler temperatures immediately to cool their bodies down. If caught early, they generally make a full recovery.

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