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!