Heat Stress Is A Big Problem But The Heat-Sensing Collar Is Not The Solution

If you have been reading this blog (and if you haven’t, you really should) you would know by now that I am big on responsibility.

If you own a pet or thinking about owning one, responsibility should be the first word in your vocabulary. And nothing gets more important then not leaving your dog in a hot car.

Dogs can become overheated in as little as 4 minutes, you know.

So it’s interesting to see a marketing agency come up with a prototype collar which is meant to alert their owner of their dog overheating.

It works in 5 simple steps:

  1. You buy the heat-sensing collar and fit it to your dog.
  2. You buy the battery for the heat-sensing collar and keep it charged.
  3. You buy a phone card for your heat-sensing collar and keep the credit topped up.
  4. You program your heat-sensing collar to send a message to your phone if your dog overheats.
  5. The heat-sensing collar sends the message as soon as your dog overheats.

Simple really. Only a marketing agency could think of such an ingeniously convoluted device.

Or you could just make sure your dog is never left alone in a hot car.

See? Wasn’t that easy? File that one next to ‘feed my dog at least once a day’ and ‘don’t feed my dog rat poison.’

And the great thing is – you don’t even need to buy a phone card to do that. You can tell I am a Veterinarian and not a marketing guru, can’t you.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

One comment

  1. I agree that you should never leave your dog in a hot car. WIth this very hot summer I found some producs that can help keep your pets cool. Even a small air conditioner for you dog house for outside dogs! What do you think of the chilled water bowl for dogs while they are playing in the yard? http://www.4thedogs.com/frobo-chilled-pet-bowl/

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