Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Do NOT Leave Pets In Car
Number-one rule of automobile safety for pets:
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE IN A PARKED CAR!
Overheating can kill an animal.
It only takes ten minutes on an 85-degree day for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit, even if the windows have been left open an inch or two.
Within 30 minutes, the interior can reach 120 degrees - and even when the temperature is a pleasant 70 degrees, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter than the air outside. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun is constantly shifting throughout the day.
Pets who are young, elderly, or obese are particularly at risk of overheating (hyperthermia), as are those with thick or dark-colored coats, and breeds with short muzzles.
This same precaution carries over to the winter months, too. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing an animal to freeze to death.
Read this article.