Dogs in Your Vehicle: Temperature Monitoring From RVs to Police K9 Units
Temperature monitoring and control of stored food and server equipment is crucial for a number of reasons, but failing to monitor temperatures for dogs in RVs, police cruisers (K9 Units), and other civilian vehicles can ultimately lead to one severe consequence. This fear of losing a pet exists in the mind of every pet owner, and failing to monitor temperature in a car or RV unit can easily turn that fear into a reality. But is this really a huge concern for all traveling dog owners? How hot does a RV or police car get, and at what point does this become a critical issue to address with monitoring devices and alerting procedures? If you’ve asked any of these questions (as a dog owner), you’ve taken the first step towards preventative methods that can save the life of your beloved companion(s).
To boil these numbers down into a rule of thumb, consider that if the average temperature outside is 75 degrees, the temperature within the car or RV will rise 20 degrees (F) in approximately 10 minutes, and approximately 30 degrees(F) in a half hour. This is especially true in the southern states where humidity may act as a multiplier for these temperature readings. Police dogs are equally sensitive to high temperatures, and hours in a hot cruiser during the shift can easily lead to dehydration. As officers of the law, police dogs require special environmental conditions to stay in top form, and without temperature monitoring, police cruisers can be deadly heat boxes. A quick Google search for "police dogs and high temperatures" yields a shocking list of K9 deaths due to exposure to extreme temperatures. In these situations, the temperatures inside the car had exceeded a critical point (often over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), and the dogs were unable to survive as a result. These news snippets serve as reminders that temperature monitoring devices are an important consideration for all police departments with K9 units.
Your dog(s) may be a best friend, a loyal companion, an officer of the law, or just another traveler, but the inherent dangers of rising temperatures are not to be forgotten or ignored. Be sure to consider a temperature monitoring system (and alert system) for RVs, police cars, or in other vehicles during long road trips and extended vacations. Confined dogs rely on the environment of the vehicle to survive, and the environment needs to be firmly controlled for peace of mind (for you, the owner) and for the safety of your dog(s).