I blog about this subject around this time every year. It is too important of a subject not to. As the thermometer reached 106 degrees in South Carolina today, I am reminded of the dangers of heat. I don’t understand how there are still pet owners out there who think that leaving a pet in a vehicle is an acceptable thing to do. It only takes a minute or two for a vehicle to heat up so fast to kill an animal.
Today, I witnessed a dog left in a hot vehicle (100 degrees outside) while the owner shopped in Kohl’s. I had the vehicle’s owner paged and thankfully the dog was rescued before it died. I continue to see this happen over and over again every single summer.
Intelligent people, ignorant people and just plain stupid people do this. The problem is that they just don't think. People want to bring their animal along because they love car rides. They think that they will only be in a store "for just a second" and then they wind up leaving their pet in a car for longer than anticipated. I have seen a dead animal in a vehicle before (caused from being left in a hot vehicle) and it was horrible!
When the temperature outside is over 55 - 60 degrees....don't leave your pet in a vehicle! The vehicle (even on a cool cloudy day) can heat up very fast. Just think about it this way. Think about a very large glass cake cover. You then place this large glass cake cover on asphalt in the hot sun and then place yourself in it. Within minutes (sometimes seconds) the area within the large glass cover starts to rapidly heat up and the air in the glass cover gets hot and dry. It gets harder for you to breathe the longer you are in there. Next comes heat exhaustion and then you feel like you are going to pass out. Then comes heat stroke and after that comes death! Yes, DEATH!
Here's a tip - If your pet's love car rides then make a special trip and take them for one. Drive slowly and crack the windows so they can feel the air on their faces. The car ride doesn't have to take long - just a trip up the road and back. Your pets will be so happy and you won't have to worry about leaving them in a hot car and killing them.
Please everyone, be responsible and don’t leave your pet in a hot vehicle not even for a minute.