10 APR 2014- WEATHER
Basically this is common sense combined with compassion.
Humans MUST GET IT THROUGH THEIR THICK SKULLS, what is comfortable to them((i.e. 78 degrees out)) can be DEADLY TO DOGS left in a car where the temperature can QUICKLY SOAR from 100 - 120 degrees. EVEN WITH THE WINDOWS "CRACKED" it is NOT enough to help keep the dogs cool.
What to do to avoid your dog from DYING in a hot car:
- DO NOT take the dog(s) with you while you go to town to do errands in warm, hot weather. If "you" have to turn the air con on, roll down your windows while driving, or wear very light clothing; it is TOO HOT FOR YOUR DOG(s) TO GO WITH YOU. STOP IT!!!
-if you do not listen to the above and decide to take the dog(s) anyway, BRING COLD BOTTLE WATER and BOWL and pour the water into the bowl so the dog has access to it while you are in a COOL PLACE doing errands.
-if you do not listen to the first suggestion and STILL take your dog with you on warm/hot days, then PARK IN THE FREAKING SHADE and ROLL THE WINDOWS MORE THAN JUST AN INCH OR TWO. Dogs with flat faces are ESPECIALLY PRONE to HEAT STROKE and related issues!!!! I seen many times drivers who have dogs with them and NOT THINKING((of course)) not only leave their dogs in the hot car, but park where the SUN IS BEATING THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD, making a bad situation worse!!!!! REALLY?
-Bottom line with heat, if it is too warm for you, it is EXCESSIVELY TO WARM/HOT FOR YOUR DOG. THINK BEFORE you take them with you PLEASE!!!!!!!
-Common sense once again. If "you" are cold, miserable, etc. from the cold/freezing/wet weather, then your dog/cats are TOO! Bring them inside((and I don't mean a freezing garage either!!!!!
-provide WARM shelter((dog house with DRY blankets and even a well constructed heater in place)) if the dog/cat MUST remain outside.
-provide FRESH, UNFROZEN, I REPEAT UNFROZEN, water((this may mean changing it several time per day...if so...just do it))
-provide EXTRA FOOD; putting on weight during the cold/wet/freezing months is a GOOD THING. NATURE does it, why can't "you" let your dog/cat do it too.
-IF YOU FEEL FROSTBITE CONDITIONS, SO CAN ANIMALS. They can and WILL FREEZE to death if not provided proper SAFE, WARM, CONDITIONS.
SUGGESTIONS TO HELP DOGS/PETS IN BAD WEATHER:
-carry pen/pencil/paper to leave notes((provided it is not a life/death situations)) on windshields, and sometimes even at their residence((door)) reminding them what is safe.
-I carry something in my trunk that could/would break a car window if the situation was critical and needed it. ((yes, I would go to jail for an animal in distress)). I would ALSO be calling 911 and letting THEM know what is going on.
-if I see mistreatment at a residence, left a note, and nothing is done, I will notify the Human Society and keep calling every day or several times a day until something is done. If THAT doesn't work, I will go rescue the animal myself((again, I would risk going to jail to save an animal in a heartbeat))
SUMMARY: THINK ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL about the weather conditions, and make wise, thoughtful, and considerate decisions based on that. Play the "if" game; be conscientious of your surroundings and your pets needs; be VIGILANT, STAND UP, SAY SOMETHING, and BE THE VOICE FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE ONE! Be safe, have fun, enjoy life with your fur-family members.
GOD BLESS and PAWS ^5