If you’re a dog-lover like so many of us here at Hatfield Buick GMC, you’ve seen all the warnings about leaving dogs in the car during the summer. Even if it doesn’t feel like it’s that warm outside, the temperature of your car can increase significantly after just a few minutes. In extremely hot weather, animals can sustain brain damage or even die from a heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes. When traveling with your dog, oftentimes stopping is necessary so we’ve put together some tips on how to keep your dog cool in the car.
- Use Sun Shades – Sun shades can be found in any automotive store section or even in the baby aisle. Even if it seems cool outside, sun penetrating through the windows will quickly heat the car to dangerous levels for all dogs.
- Use Cooling Mats or Coats – There are special cooling mats, or coats that have been designed to keep your dog from overheating. Check out some of the options here and here.
- Portable Battery-Powered Fans – If you aren’t able to leave your air conditioning on in the car, using a portable battery-powered will help circulate the air in the car.
- Pack a Cooler – When traveling with your dog, pack a cooler full of water and ice packs. When you stop let your dog out of the car for a cool drink and use the ice packs if they do start to overheat.
At Hatfield Buick GMC, we love our pets and see them as family so it’s important to keep their safety in mind too. Please, never leave your dog in a hot, unattended car. For statistics and other tips on how to keep your dog safe and cool in the summer.