Summer and Companions

This post will be short. Quite frankly, I’m tired of treating companions for heat exhaustion and stroke.

Stop leaving your companions outside during hot days. Don’t leave them in the car either. Even for 5 minutes. Your car is like an oven.

Like young children they can’t regulate their body temperature. The heat will literally cook their brain. First signs of heating problems. Over excessive drooling. Panting more heavily. And then they sieze.

Moreover, if you don’t seek medical help they will die.

Police have given permission in most states for civilians to break animals out of your car. So don’t be surprised if you come to find a broken window and your animal at a Veterinarian Hospital.

You WILL NOT get your animal back either.

It’s your responsibility to keep them safe and healthy. If you can’t hold up to your responsibilities then you don’t deserve to have companion animals.


Billboard on wheels reminds people not to leave animals in vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS– Indianapolis Animal Care Services launched a new campaign this week to educate people about the dangers of leaving animals in vehicles.

A red Jeep Cherokee will serve as a “billboard on wheels”, and will be parked at various Indy Parks locations over the next few weeks.

Decals on the vehicle include instructions of what you should do if you see an animal in a car on a hot day, and a thermometer in the windshield shows the temperature inside the car.

“If we have to we are going to break a window to get to the dog,” said Kim Wolsiffer, Deputy Chief of Enforcement Operations. “We don’t want to see a dog dying. We don’t want to see a dog in distress. We are going to get those animals out of there.”

IACS has received multiple calls about animals left alone in vehicles on hot days.

Thankfully, no animals have died this year as a result.

If you see an animal in distress inside a vehicle, call 911 immediately.

“We don’t want people leaving pets in hot cars,” said Wolsiffer. “10-15 minutes is enough to raise the temperature inside a vehicle 30 degrees. So when it’s 89 degrees outside, we’re talking 30 degrees hotter.”

Wolsiffer emphasized that cracking the windows is not sufficient to cool down the inside of a vehicle during hot summer days.

Article credit – Kara Kenny at RTV6

This Billboard is a great idea, more cities should consider doing the same.

Its Hot In That Car

If you need to take your companion animals with you. Then you need to leave the A.C. on in the car with water for them to drink. Otherwise, leave them at home and out of the heat. Too many times I have seen people leaving their companions in a hot car. Too many times I have had to call cops while busting the window open to save a dog’s life.

People need to understand if it’s too hot for them then it’s really too hot for their companions.

If you yourself see an animal in a hot car. You need to alert the local authorities, and let them know you had to break the window to save a life. This goes for young kids as well. Do not leave kids in the car on hot days either. Hot cars are death sentences.

Please be vigilant this summer and take precautions and care for your family members.