Summer is one of the best times of year to be a dog owner. Being outside with your dog is one of the greatest parts of the summer. And Chicago is one of the greatest cities for being outside with your dog. There are a ton of dog-friendly parks. There's the Montrose dog beach if your pup's a swimmer. Lots of restaurants have dog-friendly patios.
But our hot Midwestern summers also come with a host of dangers for our four-legged family members. One of the greatest dangers dogs face is the parked car. It seems like every summer, more and more dogs die from being left in hot cars.
Remember this one simple rule: Do not leave your dog in a parked car during the summer. Ever. A hot car can kill a dog very quickly. Just don't do it.
"On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time, even with the windows open, which could lead to fatal heat stroke," Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, said on the ASPCA's website.
If you're taking a road trip with your dog, make sure they get out of the car whenever you have a chance. If you stop for gas and don't want to take them out of the car, make sure you open windows and never leave them unattended. Cars heat up incredibly quickly in the summer sun.
It's not hard to keep your dogs safe and healthy during the summer. All it takes is a bit of common sense.
If you enjoy my dog- and beer-related ramblings, you'll probably enjoy my other blog, Where the Beer and Whiskey Flow.
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