It’s that time of year again, for my doggy PSA. Please don’t leave your dog in the hot car even for a minute. Because 1 minute can turn into to 10 or 15 minutes if we run into a friend or the line to check out is really slow.
On a 78 degree day the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes. On a 90 degree day the temperature can soar to 140 degrees in less than 10 minutes
Dogs can sustain brain damage or suffer a heat stroke in just 15 minutes. They have a hard time cooling themselves down, because their only means of cooling down is by panting and sweating through their paw pads.
If you come across a dog left in the car, take down all the vehicle information. Car make, model, color and license plate number. Then have the owner paged in the nearest buildings. Also call the local authorities. If quicker action is needed, the dog is clearly in danger, then get several witness to also document the situation. Then remove the dog however possible. Immediately give the dog water and if you can pour water on it’s belly and paws to help cool them down. DO NOT LEAVE THE SCENE UNTIL THE SITUATION HAS BEEN RESOLVED!
Now, my guys love to go for a ride in the car, and I love taking them when I can. So here are some tips I follow for taking them with me during the hot months.
- Use the drive through for errands when available
- Bring a friend along who can play with them outside the car or stay with them in the car with it running with the air conditioner on
- Shop at do friendly stores where your dog can browse with you
- Eat at an outdoor cafe where your dog can join you.
- Leave your dog at home where is it cool and safe for them.
I would love to hear some of the fun activities you do with your dog during the hot summer months. Please leave them in the comments below.