Summer Heat: Keep Those Puppies Cool!
Summer is here and the weather proves it. As temperatures rise, remember to keep your pets safe and cool, especially when traveling in warm weather. Make sure they can go with you when you leave the car to ensure their well-being, rather than leaving them in the car as you run into the local grocery store.
It may not seem too hot out to you, but temperatures can't help but rise inside your vehicle. Car off, windows up - your pup is not safe! Outside, the thermometer reads 70 degrees Fahrenheit, while the interior car temp. reaches 89 degrees Fahrenheit after only ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the heat rises to a whopping 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Indoors, the temperature increases by thirty-four degrees after only one half hour. Don't believe it? Check out the information above retrieved from the reliable American Veterinary Medical Association.
Be mindful of what you put your animals through when you leave them waiting in the car. Take into consideration what you force them to endure, and avoid putting them through that muggy agony. Bring a leash and take them outside with you, although remember that in temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and up, high humidity can be a major problem. The best times to walk your dog is in the early morning or late evening, as humidity is likely to be low and cement to be cool.
A good rule of thumb is if you can't touch your hand to the cement for at least ten seconds, it's too hot for your dog to walk on. Also keep in mind that the cement could heat up the further you go, so limit dog walking to about 10-15 minute sessions. Dogs heat up much faster than people, so put yourself in their shoes - they probably enjoy the fresh air and cooling off even more than you do!
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- Jeff Vander Berg