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.

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