Pet Safety…It’s Hot Out!

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Posted: 8/23/2019 1:05 PM by Interim HealthCare

We love our pets and enjoy having them travel with us. Please Do not Leave Your Pet in your vehicle, even when it doesn’t seem that hot outside!!
Cars overheat even when the windows are partially opened. Always have water for your pet for those times you need to get out and walk them.

Pets left in a car with outside temperatures in the 70’s, inside the temperature can reach 90 degrees in a short time. With outside temperatures at about 85 degrees, temperatures inside your car can reach 100 plus degrees within 20 plus minutes

Most vulnerable to the heat are young, elderly or overweight animals. Also, those with thick fur, dark colored coats or short muzzles are most at risk of overheating.

A shady spot does not offer much protection from heat related issues. This does not keep the heat out!! The sun will move, so it may not be shady when you get back to your vehicle.
Many states, New York State included, have laws that prohibit leaving your pet unattended in your vehicle under extreme dangerous conditions. Hot temperatures are considered a dangerous situation. Your vehicle could be damaged, or you could be charged with a crime. If you see a pet left in a hot car, look for the owner or call 911 and stay with the vehicle until assistance arrives.

Shelli Crogan
Director of Community Relations

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