Keep Your Pets Healthy and Safe this Summer
As the weather starts to heat up, summer pet safety becomes a “hot” animal welfare issue.
The Animal Rescue League and Boston Veterinary Care want to remind you that leaving a pet inside a parked car is the most common cause of potentially deadly heat stroke.
Remember: Even when it’s only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to more than 120 degrees in just minutes – even with the windows cracked.
- Leaving your pet in a hot car for even a short period of time can have dangerous consequences.
- Even with all the windows cracked, the temperature of your car’s interior can quickly rise to deadly levels.
- Pets don’t sweat the way we do; they cannot cool their bodies efficiently in hot temperatures.
Make seasonal adjustments to your daily routine to keep your pets healthy and safe in the summer heat!
What to Do if You See a Pet in a Hot Car
1) Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.
2) Ask nearby store managers or security guards to make an announcement to find the dog’s owner.
3) If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of your local police department or Animal Control Officer.
Additional Summer Pet Safety Resources
- VIDEO: Dangers of Hot Cars for Pets
- VIDEO: Watch the ARL and Boston Fire Department raise awareness for summer pet safety
- Some summer situations can be too hot for spot!
- 5 Fourth of July pet safety tips
- 7 steps to keep you pet safe and happy at the park
- How to help calm your dog during a thunderstorm
- Pet fire Safety: how to help keep your pet safe in the event of a house fire
- What you need to know about taking your dog to the beach
- Too Hot to Trot: Tips to safely exercise with your dog
- Tips for safely camping with your dog