The Coast News
By: Christina Macone- Greene
REGION — While the end of summer is more than a month away, most people may have become more acclimated to the warm temperatures. However, it is not the same for animals. Dog owners are being asked to stay diligent in keeping their pets safe.
“Because we are so connected to our pets, it is easy to forget that they are not just like us and are actually more sensitive to summertime dangers than we are,” said Jessica Gercke, Helen Woodward Animal Center spokeswoman.
For Kim Boyle, DVM, DACVECC, whose specialty is in veterinary emergency and critical care at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, a few summertime points bear repeating.
“From a veterinary standpoint, no dog should be left in a parked vehicle — even under a shady tree, with the windows cracked and with available water,” Boyle said. “(On) what might seem like a relatively cool day, the temperatures inside of a car can become much higher so we would absolutely advise against it.”