Monday, July 13, 2015

Keep Your Pets Safe In Your Auto.

Pets are part of the family. We like to take our animals  with us on outings.  No matter how prepared, it seems we always have to run a quick errand or two on the way to wherever we are going.

We solve this problem by parking in the shade, leashing or kenneling the dogs, and family members staying with the car and the dogs, keeping doors and windows open.

Never leave your pets in a parked car!

Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or worse.

Even on cooler days, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures

Even when parked in the shade on a warm day, animals   can succumb to  heatstroke or  death if left in the car unattended. Sadly, it happens every year.
If you are alone, the above scenario isn't possible and more creativity is needed. Here are some ideas.

  • Use the drive-up if possible. This works for some restaurants, banks, and pharmacies.
  • Shop in pet-welcome stores. Pet stores typically allow pets, and they do carry "human" items like candy and snacks if you are in a hurry.
  • Utilize a travel kennel outside the car, in the shade, if possible. Travel kennels are a great way to keep your pet safe while in fresh air, with cool water, and so on.
All Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales locations are pet friendly- Bring your pets in with you the next time you are in the area. 

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