There’s nothing I like better than going for a car ride with my humans, the adventure, the anticipation of where we will end up, maybe a park, possibly the pet store for a new toy.
A car ride with your dog can be great fun, as long as you’re in the car together. Why together? Well, what fun is it for a dog to go for a car ride and sit alone while your humans run into a store, or stop in to see someone, even if it is “only for a minute”, it’s not fun, it’s not safe. Trust me, as much as I like being with my humans, if it means sitting alone in a warm or hot car, I’d rather be at home – yes alone – or in my case, alone with 2 cats, but at least I’m comfortable and safe.
A dog has a normal body temperature of about 39°C (102°F) and unlike people, a dog has a limited ability to sweat to cool off. So even a brief time in a hot environment can be life threatening. After reaching a body temperature of 41°C (106°F), it doesn’t take long for a pet to begin suffering irreparable brain damage or death. Even on a mild day, with the windows open and parked in the shade, the temperature in a vehicle can rapidly reach very dangerous levels. As a result, many pets die each year simply by being left in a parked vehicle during warm weather.
But you can do something about it.
If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call the 24/7 hotline:
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