In the summer of 2017, we started a campaign to #LeaveHimHome (read more about that here). This year we are continuing our efforts and reminding all or pet parents that your pet is, and will be, #HappierAtHome.
It is just now May, and we have already had two separate incidents of children being left in cars. You can read about the most recent one of a Baytown dad leaving his 18-month-old daughter in a car. Some reports say she was under at least one blanket while he did his grocery shopping. Fortunately, someone noticed the child and the police were notified immediately.
As sad as it is to report, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, hundreds of pets die from heat exhausting because they are left in parked vehicles each year.
In our efforts last year we asked you to sign a pledge to #LeaveHimHome. This year we’re asking you to share photos of your pet when they are at home using the hashtag #HappierAtHome. Because we know that while it is sometimes more fun to take your pet with you on a short trip to town, it only takes leaving them in the car one time for it to end in disaster.
Leaving dogs in a vehicle during our Texas summers can be very dangerous, even deadly. In fact, doing so is illegal in many states.
If you are one of those dog parents who like to take your woofers everywhere you go, we understand that, but it’s time to rethink leaving him in the car while you run errands or dash around town. There are many factors to take into consideration when leaving your dog in the car, and the combination of those factors equals a dangerous situation for your four-legged friend.
A dog’s primary defense against heat is panting, which releases excess moisture. In addition to that, a dos coat not only acts as an insulator from the cold in winter, it acts as an insulator from the heat in the summer. When a pet is in a vehicle and the temperatures climb, both of these natural features he uses to cool down, don’t work.
It’s simply not worth the risk. As much as he/she loves riding around with you, if you’re going to make any stops that may involve you getting out of your car, just remember, he’ll probably be #HappierAtHome.