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Pet Safety in the Summer

Everyone here at Auto Craftsmen loves their pets.

Here is some important information to help keep your pets safe during the summer!

Beach PetSafety The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for pets and people. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.

With a Pet Safety Days initiative, you can help keep your pets safe and cool this summer.


Educate and Empower

Temps1 Pets should never be left in a hot car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. That beloved pet may suffer irreversible organ damage, brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.


  • Look for signs of heat stress – heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
  • If your pet is overheated, move him to a cooler area and take these emergency steps:
    1. Gradually lower his body temperature by applying cool (not cold) water all over his body or soaking him in a cool bath.
    2. Place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Direct a fan on teh wet areas to speed evaporative cooling.
    3. You may offer fresh, cool water if your dog is alert and wants to drink. Do no force your pet to drink.
  • Take your pet immediately to a veterinarian – it could save his life. Call ahead, if possible, to be sure your veterinarian is available.
  • If you see an animal in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call your local animal care and control agency or police department immediately.

    Do you have a soft spot in your heart for dogs and cats like we do?

    Please help us support the Central Vermont Humane Society.

    For the month of July,
    Auto Craftsmen is offering a FREE  Road Trip Check-over [a $75 value]
    AND we’ll take $25 off the labor that same day if you choose to do any other work.
    All we ask is a donation of 3 cans of cat or dog food
    or a check for $10 made out to CVHC

    Call us @ (802) 778-0524
    of click here and fill out our appointment request.


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