Warmer weather has returned to the U.P. and with that are the traumatic unintended fatalities of children due to severe heat or heatstroke inside vehicles.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that a child’s body heats three to five times faster than that of an adult.
And–like children, the same outcomes apply to pets as well. Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association says “It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet; they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.”
They both are especially vulnerable because they lack the ability to safely extricate themselves from these harmful situations.
And hot car deaths can happen anywhere, and often quite unintentionally, but they can also be prevented with awareness.