Before we head out to the store with our pet this Summer; well Spring, Summer and Fall here in Texas, we need to ask ourselves if it is too hot to take our pets with us. Should we Leave Him Home? It really doesn’t take much to turn a “cool dog” into a “hot dog”, or even a “dead dog”. We don’t mean to be blunt or graphic, but that is exactly what can happen if we leave our dog in the car in the hot Texas heat, even for a few minutes. Leave Him Home.
On warm days, the inside of your car can climb 10, 20 even 30 degrees in a matter of minutes. We know what you’re thinking. “I’m only going to be inside for a few minutes.” or “I parked in the shade.” or “I leave the air conditioning on for him.” Unfortunately, there are numerous documented cases of pets having died under this exact circumstance. A quick internet search will reveal an increasing number of needless pet deaths. Often times, “a few minutes” turn into twenty or thirty. Air condition systems sometimes fail, or just don’t cool enough when a car is idling or in the hot Texas sun.
Don’t risk it with your dog. Leave him or her at home any time you’re going to the store, even if just for a few minutes. A few minutes of inconvenience in going back to the house to get him is much better than the loss of your beloved family member. To help break the cycle of pets getting left in vehicles, we are asking clients to “take the pledge” to never leave their pet in the car.
We are asking the Pearland, Friendswood, Alvin, Manvel and Houston communities to pledge to “Leave Him Home“. If you stop by the clinic here in Pearland, we’ll provide you with a certificate of your pledge and post your photo on our Pledge Wall. You can then take one of our car stickers (pictured to right) for your vehicle’s back window to show your commitment to the pledge. You can also print a Leave Him Home Certificate here and take your own photo of you and your dog holding your pledge to post on Social Media. If you do, please tag us and use the hastag #LeaveHimHome. We’d love to see your photos.
We hope you’ll join us in this movement.
Now, what do you do when you come across a pet whose parents haven’t taken the pledge, and the dog is alone in a hot car? the Humane Society of the United States has a short article that on just what to do and it’s called What to Do If You See a Pet in a Parked Car. Like the article says, it takes only minutes to save a life.
Here is a video link of a story in the news (Manor, Texas) from June 20th.