Everything overheats in the summertime — your car, your house, your kids, you. It seems like you can’t keep the air conditioning cold enough, ice cream melts too fast to enjoy, and the pool is too full with other people trying to regulate their temperature. However, you might be taking advantage of the warm weather by bringing your pet dog along for a ride when you’re running errands, but you need to be aware of the risks of your pet overheating, too. Summer pet safety is something that’s often overlooked.
The problem with dogs is that their fur holds in body heat. Even if you leave the windows cracked while you’re running into the grocery store, the heat inside of the vehicle can quickly skyrocket. Dogs need air conditioning and water just as much as humans do. Just a half hour of leaving your pet in a parked vehicle can cause the inside of the car to jump to 120 degrees. Shade, low humidity, and watching for heatstroke symptoms — heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and even vomiting — can help owners take care of their pet.
Summer pet safety may seem like common sense, but many people continue leaving their dogs in parked cars in the summer heat, assuming that it’ll just be a quick errand or cracking the windows will be enough to regulate the temperature. The truth is that’s not the case, and keeping your pet healthy will keep them with you for a long time.
We love pets here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and want to do our part to help with Pet Safety. For more information about our local Humane Society here in St. Cloud, stop by the Tri County Humane Society!
Don Robinson pledged to donate $1 for every new page like to our Facebook page to the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud, MN. From July 15th to August 19th, we ran our campaign to raise money, and with the help of the Humane Society we were able to reach a lot of new fans! After five weeks, we raised a total of $806 for the Humane Society!
This campaign was created because Don Robinson is a big dog-lover and wanted to give back to those who help take care of animals. Spurred by this and his desire to help out man’s best friend, he sought out our local Humane Society to find a way to give back. Thus our Like Campaign was formed as well as a lasting friendship with the people at our local shelter.
Don commented on this campaign saying, “I am very fortunate to have found a place here in St. Cloud that makes the difference that the Tri-County Humane Society does. When I first walked into the humane society, it was very clear to me the difference that these people make and the happiness they bring not only to families, but to the animals they care for as well.”
Because of the success of this campaign and the bond formed with the Humane Society, Don Robinson Mitsubishi wants to continue to help by finding great homes for the animals they care for. Because of this, we will be featuring a “cutie of the week” every Friday on our Facebook page for our existing and new fans! We hope this will continue to benefit the Humane Society and we are proud to continue to support our local shelter in this fun and rewarding way! Be sure to stop by our Facebook page every week to see which “Cutie” we will be featuring!
If you are like most – your pets are an integral part of the family, and therefore accompany you on many car rides! In honor of February’s Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, here are a few doggie travel tips.
Whether running out to the store or going on an extended trip, make sure that you take your dog’s collar, ID tag, leash and water/bowl. If you haven’t already done so, the Humane Society recommends having your dog micro chipped in case of separation. This can be done at your local veterinarians office.
Safety first! It turns out Sir Isaac Newton was right about those laws of motion! Just as you wouldn’t travel without a seat belt, make sure your pet is safely contained in the back seat in either a crash approved crate or a belted safety harness while traveling. This also helps in decreasing driver distraction.
When traveling long distances, remember to stop frequently. Cesar Milan recommends taking breaks every 2-3 hours so your canine companion can stretch his legs, do his business, and grab a quick drink.
Whether traveling near or far with your furry friends, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi wish all of our readers and their canine companions a safe and happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month.