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Sad Story - Reminder of Heat/Humidity
I get emails from PetPlace and today's was very sad. Thought I would pass along as a reminder.
Unfortunately sometimes we learn lessons the hard way...
Nyleen Mullally, one of our Petplace subscribers, learned a very hard lesson about caring for her dogs. Nyleen wanted me to share her story hoping that everyone that read her story will avoid the pain of this type of situation.
Here is Nyleen's story.
Spencer and Sophie were Nyleen's traveling companions on countless road trips over the years and were like children to her. They even took the overnight ferry once with her, crossing over to Newfoundland. She smiles thinking about how the border guard said that Spencer looked slightly suspicious and he might need to be frisked and then winked.
Nyleen was no stranger to traveling with dogs. She had shown dogs in her youth. So she was used to taking dogs on road trips with crates and bottled water. She understood how to keep dogs comfortable no matter where they were going or how they were getting there. She had traveled with her dogs for years across the country and back many times. She never imagined losing them.
She always avoided traveling alone in the hot summer months, but this one particular trip was business. After spending a week in Philadelphia, where the dogs had stayed in the air-conditioned hotel room, it was time to move on. She headed for home driving down the coast to Virginia and stopped in Delaware. Nyleen thought she would spend some time sightseeing and because she couldn't take the dogs with her, left them crated in the car. It was overcast outside and not hot, but Nyleen put a fan on her dogs and cracked the windows. When she returned, both Spencer and Sophie were both dead!
Nyleen couldn't understand what happened. She was no novice and the weather was fine. She got her answer at the vet's office. The high humidity in the area was especially dangerous. Even if it wasn't especially hot outside, the humidity could get high enough to create conditions in a car where animals suffocate.
Take a moment to learn how to prevent heat stroke. We have an excellent article by Dr. Debra Primovic about heat stroke in dogs. To read the article go to: petplace.com/dogs/heat-stroke/page1.aspx.
It's a horrible way to learn this lesson. Nyleen doesn't think she'll ever get over it. She hopes at least that everyone will read her story and not have to learn the hard way. She pleads, "Never, ever, for any reason or any length of time, leave your dog in the car."
Thanks for sharing Nyleen and for wanting to help other Petplace subscribers. We are sorry for your loss.
Until next time...
P.S. Another tip for protecting your dog is exercise early or late in the day and NEVER leave them in the car. It may still be a bit cold where you live, but temperatures will begin to warm up in the next few weeks. Learn how to protect your dogs from heat stroke. Take a few moments to learn about how to prevent heat stroke:
To read the full article on heat stroke go to: petplace.com/dogs/heat-stroke/page1.aspx.