By Carol Pezzula
Summer is here, the weather is getting nice, and we are spending more time outside with our family and pets.
Since dogs are part of the family, we like to take them with us as much as possible. Some dogs really enjoy car rides, and we like to oblige them by loading them up in the car and taking them for a ride. But if you are going someplace where you can’t take them inside with you then the best and safest place for them is at home.
Hundreds of dogs get sick or die from heatstroke every year, because they are left in hot cars. In just 10 minutes the temperature in your vehicle can rise 10 degrees. On a 70-degree day the internal temperature of a vehicle can rise to 99 degrees after just 20 minutes. So, if you’re going out to run errands leave your dog home where they are safe.
Also, when you are out taking a stroll with your dog on a hot day, be mindful of the temperature of the surfaces you are walking on. A dog’s paw pads are not indestructible, like your skin they can burn if they get too hot. Try to stay on grassy areas and avoid going out during the hottest part of the day, maybe try early morning or evenings after the pavement has cooled down.
If you are looking for a dog or cat add to your family, stop in at the Humane Society of Rome and meet some wonderful adoptable animals who are looking for someone to share their love with.