There’s nothing more American than a great road trip, and the only way to make this great pastime even better is bringing along your furry friend if possible. However much fun it may be to bring your pet with you for a long road trip, it’s just as important that you not leave them alone in a hot car for any period of time. Even if you think you’ll only be a couple minutes, or if it seems just warm enough outside that it shouldn’t be too bad, the results could be disastrous.
If it’s just 70 degrees outside, it takes only about 10 minutes for a car’s internal temperature to rise to 89 degrees. After 20 minutes, the temperature hits 99 degrees, and it only gets hotter from there. After just 15 minutes in a hot car on a warm day, a dog can suffer brain damage or heat stroke. The hotter the day, the less time it takes for the result of leaving a dog in a hot car to turn fatal.
Cracking your window a smidge or parking in the shade won’t help as much as you think it would. Simply put, if you bring your pet with you on a road trip, do not leave them alone in the car for any period of time. Make sure that they always have plenty of water and that your vehicle is adequately air conditioned, and be aware of the signs of heatstroke, which include lethargy, heavy panting, excessive thirst, and vomiting.
Be a responsible pet-owner and friend when heading out on the road this summer. To see the latest pet-friendly vehicles from Ford, stop into Friendly Ford for a test drive.