Humane Society of Huron Valley Reminds People that Car Rides Can Turn Deadly in the Summer Months
Just because people love to be outside in the summer months it's not always appropriate for them to take their dog along for the ride.
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Ann Arbor, MI. Just because people love to be outside in the summer months it's not always appropriate for them to take their dog along for the ride. The Humane Society of Huron Valley starts getting calls each year at this time when well-meaning people take Fido on summer jaunts.
"Even young and healthy pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and even sunburn," says Dr. Meredith Mallory, HSHV Veterinarian. "People make the mistake of thinking that leaving the windows cracked will somehow be enough to cool their pet. This time of year a car will become a furnace in a matter of minutes no matter how far the windows are down. Never ever leave your pet unattended in a car."
The symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. If you suspect an animal is having these problems seek veterinary help immediately.
If you want to take your companion with you during the summer remember that they will need a constant supply of clean, cool water and a place to be in the shade. Make sure you don't over exercise your dog, and in extreme weather it's best to keep them inside in and out of the sun.
"Every year in July people flock to Ann Arbor for the wonderful Art Fair," says Deb Kern, HSHV Marketing Director. "I wish we could say something that could convince people that their dog does not enjoy the fair. The hot pavement burns the pads on their paws, the crowds scare them and the heat can kill them. It's during this time that our Animal Rescue team fields the most calls on animals in distress. Please leave your dog at home."
Allowing an animal to be harmed by heat exhaustion is considered animal abuse. It is illegal and punishable by fines and even imprisonment. If you see an animal in distress or locked in a parked car, please call our rescue hotline at (734) 661-3512, or the police.
The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, was recently awarded the "Best Large Animal Shelter in Michigan" by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance for saving the most lives. HSHV is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt public charity. We are independently run and rely on the generosity of people like you to continue our mission to support the loving, responsible care of every animal in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with or funded by Michigan Humane Society or any other humane organization. For more information, call (734) 662-5585 or visit www.hshv.org.