Summer Car Safety: 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe

The warm weather and sunshine has finally arrived! This can mean more trips to those dog friendly breweries, trips to the dog park and car rides with the windows down and their head out. However, within minutes a cool car can turn sweltering on a hot summer’s day, are your doing everything you should to keep your dog safe?

If you are traveling with your dog, or just want to get your dog out of the house there are many alternatives to leaving your dog alone in the car.

Drive Thru

If you are out with your dog and want to stop to get a refreshing drink or snack choose to go through a drive thru instead of leaving your dog alone in the car. Within minutes your car can get hotter than your dog can with stand, so do you pooch a favor and go through the drive thru, instead of leaving them alone while you run in. Also, a lot of drive thrus always keep treats handy for pups visiting through the drive thru! (Just ask Carter, he absolutely loves Chick-Fil-A)

Pet Friendly Stores

If you want to get your dog out during the summer heat, but want to stay cool, look for local stores that are pet friendly. This way you can enjoy shopping while your pooch stays cool. Most pet stores are generally pet friendly, as long as your dog is on a leash. However, there are a lot of other stores that allow dogs.

Dog Friendly Restaurants and Breweries

There are plenty of restaurants and breweries in the area where the patio is dog friendly. A quick Google search will pull up restaurants by you where you and your dog can both enjoy an outing while being outside. This summer Carter and I are going to have to check out the new dog friendly patio at Rogue East Side Pub and Pilot Brewery. They have a grand opening for the patio this Thursday, if you are in Portland, check out the details here!

Leave Your Dog at Home

If you have errands to run, leave your dog at home! It’s too hot outside to leave your dog in the car even when just picking up milk at the grocery store. Temperatures can soar fast, so leave your dog at the house instead of leaving them in the car, that way they can enjoy the air conditioning at home instead of being in the heat. Your dog may love going on car rides, but if they are going to have to be unattended, leave them home, you don’t want to risk coming out to a sick dog, or trying to explain yourself to the authorities. Plus, Oregon just passed a law that allows you to break a car window if you notice a dog in immediate danger, so leave them at home so you avoid a trip to the auto body shop.

Dog Daycare

If you have things to do, but you don’t want to leave your dog at home, a great alternative would be dog daycare. If you aren’t going to be home all day, but you are also not able to give your dog the attention they need, try a dog daycare, this way they can stay cool and play the day away while you get done what you need to.

Remember that it is not safe to leave your dog in a car on a hot day for any period of time, temperatures can reach a deadly point for your dog fast. Never leave your dog in the car alone, even with the windows open, or the air on, it doesn’t prevent your dog from overheating. If you spot a dog in a car on a hot day, contact your local police department or the local animal control. Don’t ignore a dog in distress, and make sure that you keep an eye on the dog until the proper authorities have arrived.

Never leave your dog unattended in a hot car. The summer can be an enjoyable time for both you and your dog as long as you take the right precautions.



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