The CAT in the HeAT
By Abe Lerner
Oppressive Heat in Vehicles Leads to Pet Fatalities
The sun did shine
But Mom told us to stay
So we sat in the car
All that hot, hot day
I sat there with Sally
We sat there, we two
& I said, “How I wish
There was something that we could do”
I know Mom is shopping
But the sun is sunny
We’re dying in the heat
While Mom is spending money!
While this is somewhat of a distorted version of excerpts from the famous Dr.Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat, the message is clear. Animals are being left to fend for themselves in cars during the summer months, while pet parents engage in other activities. Even in relatively comfortable outdoor conditions (78°), the interior temperature of a car can soar to between 100° & 120° in minutes. Many pets die annually unnecessarily, resulting from overexposure to heat.
Pets struggle to combat the effects of the warm weather, as their sweat glands are limited to paw pads, a stark contrast to their human counterparts, whom are more efficient in cooling off, generated by their ability to sweat profusely. Consequently, pets are significantly more susceptible to heat stroke. Leaving the windows open a crack, does little to lower the temperature, while rolling them down all the way is just an invitation for the unattended pet to leap out, & risk being hit by another vehicle or getting lost altogether.
Often it begins innocently, with a drive to the local convenience store. Leaving the animal for “just a few minutes”, can be a deadly blunder. In retrospect, why bother taking your pet to accompany you for the ride? If the animal is relegated to a steamy car, & the initial excursion was for “just a few minutes”, wouldn’t the most practical approach be to leave it in an air conditioned house? To put it bluntly, would YOU want to remain in a 100+° vehicle for any given amount of time? I would dare say not…
Making a conscious effort to focus on pet safety, especially during the dog days of summer, will certainly earn you a tip of the hat…
Abe Lerner is a member of the pack at NutralifePet, a division of Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high quality dietary supplements since 1996. NutralifePet, the manufacturer of Ultra Joint & Liver Support with SAM-e for dogs and cats, caters to the individual needs of each pet. NutralifePet…caring about animals, one pet at a time…