One of the scariest sights to any pet lover is to see a dog (or other animal) locked in a car on a hot summer day. Many studies have been conducted showing how quickly the temperature can rise inside a vehicle, even if the outside temperature isn’t ridiculously high. As a precaution, we’ve put together a bit of information about what you can do to keep your pet and others you may encounter safe, healthy and happy during the heat of summer.
If you take your pets on the road with you in summer, don’t plan on leaving them in an uncooled car – not even for a few minutes. Even when you leave the windows cracked, the temperatures can rise quickly. Make sure you can bring your pet in with you wherever you go, or at least have it where you can leave the air conditioner on as well. Bring along some water and your pet’s dish, so you can keep him or her hydrated too.
What to Do If You Encounter a Trapped Pet
If you see a pet that has been left in a hot car, contact the owner immediately. There may not be time to lose. Call the police if you can’t find him or her.
In California, Bill 797 or “The Right to Rescue Act”, is a new law that is being considered. This legislation would make it legal for you to smash a window to save a pet without fear of facing a civil lawsuit over your actions. That’s a law that all pet lovers can certainly agree with!
Treating a Pet for Heat-Related Ailments
If your pet is overheated or you encounter a pet that has been left in a hot car, it is important to get him or her to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Get the pet out of direct sun and into the shade. In the meantime, do what you can to cool the pet’s body temperature but don’t cool the pet too quickly or hypothermia can occur.
Pet Care Available from Paradise Pet Resorts
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when it comes to keeping pets safe and comfortable in the heat of summer. If you have any other questions, the animal experts at Paradise Pet Resorts would love to help. We are 100% committed to keeping your pets healthy and happy – in summer and all year round!
Our Rohnert Park location has an outdoor swimming pool that will be sure to keep your dog safe from the heat of summer. We offer overnight pet boarding as well as pet day care in both of our locations.
Have a happy and safe summer!