Pet Safety: Alternatives to Leaving Your Pet in a Hot Car

It’s no secret to anyone here that leaving a pet in a hot car is never ever a good thing to do.  Temperatures inside of a car can rise to deadly temperatures and fast.  Sometimes, people think that they can risk just a few moments away to run a quick errand.  But, trust us, it is never worth it.  All it takes is just a few short minutes, and just like that, everything can change.

Some people may feel like they have no other option than to leave their pet in the care while they’re out and about.  But, it’s time to rethink and re-prioritize, because there are alternative options to risking your pet’s life in a hot car.  So, the next time you and your four-legged companion are out, consider the following alternatives to keep your pet happy and safe:     

  • Opt for the Drive Thru – If you plan to grab a bite to eat while you’re out, hit the drive thru instead of leaving your pet in the car to go inside and order.  This way, you can still get the food that you want without putting your pet’s health at risk in a hot car.  And, hey, the drive thru attendant may just throw something extra in there for your furry friend. 
  • Opt for Pet Friendly Restaurants – When a drive thru just won’t cut it, take your buddy to a pet friendly restaurant where you can both sit down and enjoy yourselves.  This way, you don’t have to eat in your car, and you can get something that’s more than just fast food.  Just remember to call ahead to check each restaurants’ pet policies.     
  • Opt for Pet Friendly Stops – Before you hit the town with your four-legged companion, take a moment to find out if the stores you’re going to are pet friendly.  There are more out there than you might think, so do a little research.  This is a great way to enjoy running errands with your pet by your side and a safe way to ensure they aren’t left alone in the heat. 
  • Bring a Friend Along – If you enjoy running errands with your pet but know you can’t bring them in at every stop, bring a friend along to help out.  They can sit with your pet in the air conditioning while you run into the places where they can’t go, or they can go for a nice walk to get some fresh air, maybe even go play in a nearby park. 

Pets are sensitive to heat, so if you do bring your pet to tag along with you while you’re out, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of water in your car just in case your pet (or you, for that matter) ever get overheated and dehydrated.  An ice pack is also a good thing to have on hand for those super-hot days when an air conditioner just can’t keep up with the heat.  This will help to keep your pet’s temperature in check until you can get them back home to a comfortable, cool place.    

Whatever you do, don’t leave your pet alone in a hot car for even one minute.  A sudden increase in temperature can alter their health from normal to fatal in just a matter of minutes.  So, take the necessary precautions and consider these alternatives to leaving your pet in a car, or simply leave them at home where you know they’ll remain safe and sound. 


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