Please don't leave dogs in hot cars

Please don't leave dogs in hot cars

I'm not trying to tell you how to take care of your pets, but I'm concerned about the safety of dogs in hot weather. If dog owners knew the danger involved in leaving their pets in their cars with the windows cracked, they would leave them at home.

The following is a quote from a flier from The Animal Protection Institute.

"On hot — or even warm — sunny days, the inside of the car heats up very quickly. On an 85-degree day, for example, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, to 120 degrees in 30 minutes. On warmer days it will even go higher.

"A dog's normal body temperature is 101.5 to 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit for only a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage — or even death. The closed car interferes with the dogs normal cooling process, that is, evaporation through panting."

So, with this important information please, the next time your pets beg to go with you on a hot day, just tell your best friends that it's too hot for doggies.

Oh, and if you travel with your pet in the back of your truck, be sure to put something down on the metal bed so your dogs paws don't get burned. Thanks for caring.

Leslee Freeman