Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Keep Your Dogs Safe This Summer!!

I was going to write two posts this week. One about dog treats and one about dogs in cars. Then I got lazy and I realized, there are already some good posts out there that cover all that you need to know. So I decided to just link you guys to a couple of posts I think you should read. First is a wonderful post about not leaving your dog in the car and the second is a post about the dangers of dog treats from China. I encourage you to read both these great posts and pass them along to your friends!

Don't Cook Your Dog!

Don't Cook Your Dog - A post from an animal control officer about leaving pets in the car and treatment for heat stroke. She did her own experiment and here's what she found:
I went about conducting my own experiment. I carry 2 thermometers, one for checking the internal temperature of the vehicles, one for checking animals temperatures.

I checked the temp in my truck cab with the AC running. 65*. I checked with the National Weather Service and at that time it was 102*. Then I parked the truck in the shade, turned it off, rolled the windows down 4 inches (open just enough for a large dog to stick his head out). In just these 5 minutes of preparation, the temp inside the truck was already 80*. In 10 minutes, the temp was 100*, with windows down and in the shade. That is only 2* degrees less than outside.

Now my 2nd experiment, I turned the AC back on, and moved to a Sunny location. Which is more typical of parking lots. It's rare to find a parking space in the shade at almost all big box stores. In the sun the temp when from the AC 65* to 100* in 5 minutes (truck off, windows rolled down 4 inches). In just 5 minutes, the temp climbed 35*! By the time it got to 10 minutes, the temp was at 120*. So in 10 minutes the temp went up 55* degrees!
You can read more at her post about how to treat a dog you suspect is suffering from heat stroke.

Stop buying dog treats made in China - Despite repeated warnings issued by the FDA, veterinarians are reporting new cases of dogs developing symptoms of kidney failure (Fanconi’s syndrome) similar to dogs who have been poisoned by Chinese-made chicken jerky treats, but this time they are being poisoned with a whole new class of treats: sweet potato treats imported from China. Read on at the site to see what brands you should be avoiding. The post goes on to discuss that the problems may not be limited to just jerky and sweet potato treats. So, be safe and know where your pet's treats are coming from.


  1. I know, I have to be better at looking at where our dog treats are made! Thank you for the reminder, I need to engrain that into my head!

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