Don’t Leave Dogs In Cars


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Summer is here, which means trips to the lake and family barbeques.  While summer means fun in the sun for us, the warm temperatures can be dangerous to our furry family members if they’re left in our vehicles.

It’s a common misconception that a dog will be okay in a car for “just a few minutes.” However, thousands of dogs suffer from over-heating each year. Most often, this happens during quick stops like picking up dry cleaning or stopping in the local deli. On an 83 degree day, it only takes ten minutes for a car to reach 102 degrees, even with the windows cracked, according to the ASPCA. No matter how much your pets love riding in the car, they should be left at home for their safety.

Of course, our pets are our family, so we want them to come along for our fun summer activities.

If you must travel with your pet in the car, there are precautions you should take.

Bring a large thermos of cold water or a two liter bottle that has been frozen over night with to make sure your pup stays cool and hydrated.

If you need to stop somewhere, use the drive-up if possible, have someone stay in the car with your pet while you’re inside, or stop at a store that welcomes pets. If none of these options are possible, leave your pets at home.

If you see a dog in a car alone, take action.  Don’t be afraid to tell the dog’s owner that it is unsafe to leave dogs in hot cars. If you don’t know who the owner is, attempt to locate them by informing the manager of the store the car is parked in. Call animal control or the local authorities. Don’t leave until you know the dog is safe.

{by Brittany, fetch! intern}


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