A few weeks ago, we discussed how dangerous it can be to leave your pets in the car. In just a few minutes a car can rise from a relatively normal temperature to a potentially deadly internal temperature and even with windows cracked, your pet could suffer severe health issues or even death. If your pet must go with you as you do your errands around town, follow these steps to keep your pets safe and out of harm’s way.
If possible, go through drive-thrus as much as possible. From grabbing a bite to eat to picking up your prescription or getting a gallon of milk, use drive thru pharmacies, fast food and markets to do your errands. This will allow you to keep your air conditioner running and your pet at a safe temperature.
Find Pet-Friendly Stores
There are many stores in the area, not just pet stores, that are pet-friendly. Find stores that allow you to bring your pets inside with you while you shop. Not only will this cause less stress on you, but it will keep your pet safe and out of the heat.
Several sit-down restaurants in our community have outdoor patios where pets are welcomed. If you are grabbing a quick bite to eat or enjoying a drink with a friend, find the restaurants that welcome your pets. This will help them get the fresh air they need to stay safe through summer.
Bring Your Friend
Do you have a friend that just hates to shop, but loves your pet? Why not bring them with you. As you are inside finishing up your errands, your friend can be outside with your pet. Whether they choose to sit in the air-conditioned car with your pet or play with them outside while they wait on you, either alternative is better than leaving your pet in a car.
When you have your pet in the car, you should carry with you a thermos of ice water or freeze a bottle of water and bring that with you. As it melts, it will provide cool water to help keep your pet’s body temperature in check.
Still, the best option during summer is to leave your pets at home when at all possible. Remember, pets are very sensitive to heat. In just a matter of minutes a pet’s health can go from good to severe. If you witness a pet alone in a car, contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton immediately at (855) PETS-911. You can also call the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457 or your local police department.
Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 112 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.