Summer Trips and Your Pets

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If you are asking yourself why an automotive service shop is writing a blog about pets, please keep reading. We here at Padron Automotive know how much pets are a part of your family, and although it is tempting to take them on drives with you during the summer months, it is often too hot for them in the car, truck, or utility vehicle. Before you plan a summer road trip or bring your dog along for a quick run to the grocery store, consider the following to ensure you don’t end up heartbroken.

Your AC Must Work Well

There are times when you cannot avoid taking your animals in the car with you; for example, your dog or cat might have a vet appointment. In this case, make certain your vehicle’s air conditioner is in tiptop shape to keep the cabin of the vehicle cool. You don’t want it to be too cold if you have a puppy or kitten, as they can get sick from being too cold, but if you’re traveling with an older pet, the animal can easily overheat in the automobile if you don’t have an effective air conditioner.

If you don’t have air conditioning in your automobile, or it’s on the fritz and you cannot afford to get it fixed, schedule your pet’s vet appointment first thing in the morning or in the evening to avoid the mid-morning and afternoon heat. It isn’t safe to put your animal into a vehicle when it’s hot outside without a way to keep them cool, so plan your necessary trips accordingly to best protect your dog, cat, or other pet from the dangers of an automobile that is too hot for them.

Avoid Unnecessary Trips

Yes, it’s fun to take your pets to the pet store or with you on a Sunday afternoon drive, but keep in mind that the temperature inside the cabin of your vehicle can rise up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit when it’s only 72 degrees outside. In the summer, the temperatures are up into the 80s and 90s, so you can imagine how much hotter that makes it inside the car. Even if you just have a quick errand to run, it’s better to leave Fido and Fluffy at home, because they can die very quickly inside a hot car.

We get it. Fido loves riding in the car, but it really is best to leave him at home when it’s hot outside. If you do have AC trouble and would like to get it fixed, call Padron Automotive at 785-783-5772. Our shop is located in Topeka, KS, and we can meet your automotive service needs.

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