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Posted on 03-19-2014

With spring and summer right around the corner, it's important to know how to keep your furry friend comfortable, healthy, and alive during these warmer months. Every year pets die because they were simply the victims of bad judgment; they were left in cars on warm (and not necessarily hot) days while their owners shop, visit friends and family, or run errands. Although the weather may seem nice on the outside, temperatures rapidly rise on the inside - and cracking the windows doesn't help. In just 10 minutes the temperature in a vehicle can rise 19 degrees. (Visit: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Estimated-Vehicle-Interior-Air-Temperature-v.-Elapsed-Time.aspx to view a detailed table of an estimated vehicle interior air temperature vs. elapsed time) It doesn't stop there, either - the temperature will continue to rise making your pet more uncomfortable and more at risk for a heat stroke. It's 75 degrees outside today, nice and breezy; well, you should be able to leave your pet in the car for 30 minutes while you grocery shop, right? Wrong. In those 30 minutes, the internal temperature of your vehicle can rise up to 109 degrees - even with the windows cracked! So, next time you want to bring your "Fluffy" with you, please think twice before bringing them along for the ride - they will be much more comfortable, cool, and safe at home. Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbOcCQ-y3OY< to watch a demonstration of the real rise in temperature inside of a car over time.

 

REFERENCES:
-" Hot Cars and Loose Pets." AVMA.org. American Veterinary Medical Association, n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.
-" Estimated Vehicle Interior Air Temperature v. Elapsed Time." AVMA.org. American Veterinary Medical Association, n.d. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.
-Ward, Ernie, DVM. "How Hot Does It Get in a Parked Car." YouTube.com. YouTube, 01 July 2012. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.

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