Summer Car Safety

Health

don't leave dogs in hot cars

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Is it hot where you are? it’s been so here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. So, today I’m reminding people to never leave their good dog in a vehicle in this heat.

You’d think it would be common sense, but people still do leave their good dog alone in a hot car. This should never be done, not even for a few minutes. Every summer dogs suffer heat stroke or die from being left in a car while the owner is away, “for just a few minutes”. A car will turn into an oven on a hot day in mere minutes & that can be fatal to anything inside. Leaving a window open a crack won’t help.

Here’s a simple break down. If it’s 70 F (21 C) outside the car, then inside it will be 90 F (32 C) in just 10 minutes. 80 F (26 C) outside will be 100 F (37 C) inside & 90 F (32 C) outside will be 110 F (43 C).

Your best choice is to leave your good dog home or have someone stay with it & walk it around while you shop. Some people will leave the air conditioning on but in many places it’s not legal to leave a vehicle idling.

If you see a dog in distress in a hot car you need to act quickly. Call the police as they can legally break the window. Or call 310-SPCA (7722) for help. If you feel there is no time then break the window, I should point out this may not be legal where you live but in many places it is. You may have to deal with an irate owner & the police but you’re saving a life.

It’s also important to note that on a very hot day a dog should have access to shade & water at all times. Keep your dog inside if it’s a hot day.

Be smart, remember “just a few minutes” is too long.

CEO Olivia

We’ve yet to hear from the winner of my Barkday Card Drive for the Wally Foundation. If your out there, please check your email & get in touch with me soon. If the prize goes unclaimed I’ll have to pick another winner.

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