Dr. Ernie Ward – America’s Pet Advocate

It has officially been summer for only a handful of days, but it has felt like summer longer than that. The weather has been pretty nice aside from the storms recently; and because of the nice weather we’ve noticed more people driving around with their dogs.

As much as we love seeing people enjoying their cars, trucks and SUVs by taking their dogs for rides, we have an important safety reminder – never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day. We were inspired to share this message because of this video we came across the other day.

Dr. Ernie Ward, the vet in the video, is known as “America’s Pet Advocate” and his message couldn’t be clearer. It is never a good idea to leave a pet in a parked car on a hot day. As you can see from the video in just 30 minutes the interior of the car can get dangerously hot.

“The whole point of this exercise is to see what this would feel like to a dog to be stuck in a car.” Ward said. “You’re helpless, you have no control over what’s happening, you don’t understand what’s happening, you just know that your body is getting so overheated that you could be in real danger.”

So if you’re a dog owner this video is a must watch. We here at Rochester Hills hope that by sharing it we can prevent future tragedy and never again see a dog trapped in a parked car.