Summer is here and the temperatures are hot. It’s nothing new to those of us living in the South and though teachers and students are preparing for the school year to start, the temperatures, well, they’ll be sticking around for awhile. To help you beat the heat during these remaining dog days of summer, we will be sharing tips and tricks to keeping you, your family, and your pets safe, healthy and happy for the remainder of the summer.
Tip #1: Never leave your pet unattended in a hot car
We’ve all heard it, and we know we shouldn’t, but it’ll just take a minute to run grab some milk, so it’ll be ok, right? WRONG. According to a 2013 article by Mike Oliver*, the interior of a car can reach over 110 degrees Fahrenheit in ten minutes and 120 degrees in twenty minutes, temperatures that can easily cause heatstroke or death to children, the elderly, and pets rather quickly, even if the windows are cracked or the A/C is running***.
So what can you do to avoid this from happening to your pet:
- If you are going to a pet friendly store, take your pet inside with you; if not leave them at home and schedule a pet sitter like Creation’s Care Pet Sitting to check in on your pet if you will be away from home for an extended period of time.
- If you see someone else’s dog in a car, Dr. Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, suggests either notifying the store manager or calling the police or animal control if the owner cannot be easily located**
Bottom line, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them. Don’t let your pet (child, or elderly family member) stay in the car if you’re not there.
***info reported by an article in Pet Sitters International online blog for pet sitters, http://www.petsit.com