With summer hitting its peak, and the sun getting its revenge from themonstrosity of winter; it is crucial that we think about keeping ourpets cool. The human society released a statement earlier this summerwarning pet owners about the dangers of leaving your animal in thecar, even with the A/C on, and even for only a minute.
Keeping your pet safe during the heat wave
“On an 85 degree day temperatures inside your car even with thewindows slightly open can reach up 102 degrees in 10 minutes” reportedthe Humane Society. “Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage ordie”.
Boston Police have also told pet owners to be wary of leaving animals in the car. “Weurge people to call 911 if they see an animal inside. The firedepartment, police and EMT are moments away and we will take measuresto get the animal out and to safety.”
Police also said they strongly urge people to call them instead ofbreaking car windows to save pets. “We know it’s an upsetting situationto see an animal in distress but it is a better solution to call 911than to put yourself in legal danger by smashing windows.”
Other ways to keep an eye on Otis during these hot months is checkingthe sidewalks surface temperature before going on walks. If thepavement is hot to the back of your hand, imagine what that would feellike 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 againstover-exercising their pets, to make sure to bring ample water, and also to know thewarning signs of animal heat strokes.
“Animals respond differently to heat than humans” said the HumaneSociety. It is important that we keep that in mind as the summer heatrages on.