Closed vehicles and animals don’t mix.
One of the great joys of summer is taking your dog with you; they enjoy it as much as you do, says Marian Harding. This enjoyment can be cut short by a forgetful moment. During summer weather, the inside of your vehicle can reach 100+ degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. This creates a crisis quickly for your four-legged companion.
Dogs don’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. According to Marian Harding, Pets left in a hot vehicle, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heatstroke, brain damage, and even die. Don’t think that just because you’ll be gone “just a minute” that your pet will be safe while you’re gone; even an air-conditioned car with the motor off isn’t healthy for your pet. Treat your dog as you would a baby, cautions Marian Harding. You can never be too careful.
To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, you may decide to play it safe by leaving your dog cool and refreshed at home while you travel. While miniature schnauzers love to travel, they are just as comfortable resting at home. Marian Harding advises if you do happen to see a dog in a vehicle alone during the hot summer months, notify the store’s management where the car is parked. If the owner does not return quickly, call local animal control or the police department immediately.
About the author:
Marian Harding and Hardinhaus Miniature Schnauzers have provided breeding quality Schnauzers since 1980. Puppies come with a health and temperament guarantee. Services offered include puppies, stud service, and adult dogs. Marian Harding has been a Member of AMSC (American Miniature Schnauzer Club) since 1990.
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