With summer hitting its peak, and the sun getting its revenge from the monstrosity of winter; it is crucial that we think about keeping our pets cool. The human society released a statement earlier this summer warning pet owners about the dangers of leaving your animal in the car, even with the A/C on, and even for only a minute.
“On an 85 degree day temperatures inside your car even with the windows slightly open can reach up 102 degrees in 10 minutes” reported the Humane Society. “Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die”.
Boston Police have also told pet owners to be wary of leaving animals in the car. “We urge people to call 911 if they see an animal inside. The fire department, police and EMT are moments away and we will take measures to get the animal out and to safety.”
Police also said they strongly urge people to call them instead of breaking car windows to save pets. “We know it's an upsetting situation to see an animal in distress but it is a better solution to call 911 than to put yourself in legal danger by smashing windows.”
Other ways to keep an eye on Otis during these hot months is checking the sidewalks surface temperature before going on walks. If the pavement is hot to the back of your hand, imagine what that would feel like to sensitive paws.
Just like humans get too hot this time of year during their exercise, so does your dog. The humane society warns people against over-exercising their pets, to make sure to bring ample water, and also to know the warning signs of animal heat strokes.
“Animals respond differently to heat than humans” said the Humane Society. It is important that we keep that in mind as the summer heat rages on.