So far it’s been a blistering summer for both man and beast. According to U.S. weather officials, this July saw the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks set back in 1998 and 2010. While summer is nearing its end, we’re still not out of the woods yet. This is especially true for folks living in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico where residents don’t normally see a cooling trend until late October, early November when relief finally arrives. Whether you live in one of these states or not, if you’re a pet owner you still need to be aware of the dangers heat can present to your furry friends. Enter the ThermalTag.
ThermalTag Temperature Sensor for Pets
If all goes as planned, a group with an Indiegogo campaign is about to make it easier for pet owners to keep an eye on their pet’s health when it comes to soaring temps. They’ve come up with a temperature sensor called the ThermalTag for dogs and cats that attaches to their collars to measure heat and then relay that information back to you through an app. The driving force behind the small 2x2 tag is the fact that each year countless dogs die needlessly in overheated vehicles. The American Veterinary Medicine Association notes that temperatures inside of a vehicle on a 70-degree day can rise by 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. If it’s 80, 90 degrees or hotter, do the math.
Leaving Pets in Hot Cars
Even if you keep the windows rolled down three or four inches and park in the shade, it’s still pretty stuffy and miserable inside. Dogs already have a higher body temperature than people, which leaves them at a higher risk for heat associated problems. Add to that the fact that their bodies can’t expel heat the way ours do (they don't sweat) and you can see how troublesome leaving them in a hot car can be. Depending on the breed, they could be in a serious state in as little as 15, 20 minutes. Heat exhaustion is a serious condition that needs to be addressed immediately, but short of trying to get them to the vet would you know what to do?
The symptoms for heatstroke in pets are as follows: rapid panting, gasping, wide or rolling eyes, excessive salivating, bright red gums, loss of mobility (such as staggering or stumbling), weakness and collapse. Panting is how they cool themselves, but in a hot car it’s not enough to lower their body temperature sufficiently. If you view any of these signs, it’s time to take immediate action. If you can’t get to your vet right away, then you’ll need to act yourself. Don’t make the mistake of trying to cool them off too quickly, though. You need to gradually lower their body temperature. You can do this by laying them on their side in the shade and applying room-temperature water, making sure it gets beyond the fur and onto the skin below. Once they’re good and wet, you can start using cooler water. Don't start with cold!
With the ThermalTag, you’ll be alerted via your smartphone after downloading the accompanying app when there’s a change in temperature. The waterproof device continuously monitors the temp around your dog. As the temperature rises, the alerts begin, so you always know just how hot it is in their immediate environment. One of the cool features of the system is that each time you engage the unit you drop a "pin" at your vehicle’s location. Then, through your smartphone's mapping system, you will be guided back to your car. This saves time and frustration in case you’ve misplaced your vehicle — which is easy enough to do when you’re not stressed about your pet.
Summer Safety for Pets
If you’d like to learn more about the product, you can visit ThermalTag’s official Website or check out their Indiegogo campaign page and find out how you can help get this life-saving project off the ground and into play before another scorching summer rolls around and more pets are lost.