Pets and Summertime - Be Safe
We hope that you and your pets have a full and fun summer. There are many things that seem to arise during the summer months, which can put our pets in danger. Two common problems to be aware of are when our animals jump out of vehicles and conditions associated with increased ambient temperature and direct sunlight.
It is extremely important to restrain your animals when driving. This includes animals riding inside and outside your vehicle. Dogs and cats get excited with the array of constant stimulus and can lose there normal wits; jumping out a window or back of a truck. At that point the animal is vulnerable to impact trauma, getting hit by another vehicle, or getting spooked and running away. To prevent this, tether your dog to the front and center aspect of the truck bed, allowing them just enough slack to comfortably lie down. For large dogs riding inside the vehicle you should use a seat belt harness. Crate all cats and dogs less than 30 pounds.
Whether on a vacation or just a quick stop at the grocery market, we must be acutely aware of the temperature inside your vehicle or canopy. On an 80-degree Fahrenheit day, your parked car can reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes in the direct sun, resulting in heat stroke for your loved ones. Heat stroke is an increase in body temperature resulting in destruction of muscle and red blood cells, and life threatening breathing problems. Make sure that you park in the shade and keep your windows open on warm sunny days.