Dog Days of Summer (a friendly reminder from the Guardian campaign)

July 18th, 2011 by Anita Carswell

They call them the "Dog Days" for a reason...

They call them the "Dog Days" for a reason...

Several times a year we learn of tragedies that could have been prevented. People tend not to realize that during the “dog days” of summer, for example, the temperature inside a car can climb to well above 100ºF degrees in just a matter of minutes. Because dogs can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads, it is especially dangerous for them to sit in a hot car. Guardians love their companions and many want to take them everywhere they go. It is important, however, to realize that during the warm summer months, the safest place for your canine friends is indoors. If he or she must stay outside for long, avoid the hottest part of the day. Don’t forget to provide shade, water, and a kiddie pool.

So please consider this a friendly reminder to not leave your companion animals in the car during these hot summer months. Even with the windows cracked, dogs can suffer a heat stroke in a very short amount of time. Please leave your companions at home unless they can come inside with you.

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