If you’re traveling anywhere with your dog in a car, camper or RV, you have to watch the temperature carefully if they leave them inside your vehicle. The inventor of the AnimAlarm, Victoria Davidson (from the UK), told me that temperatures in cars shoot up really fast in the sunlight – faster than most dog owners realize.(See the fact below.) AnimAlarm will alert you via text message to high and low temperatures that could drastically affect the well-being (and even the life) of your dog. AnimAlarm works on the mobile phone network, so you have to be sure both the AnimAlarm and your mobile phone have a signal to receive text alerts. If they are, there’s no limit on where you can be in order to receive an alert. But keep in mind, you’ll need someone close by to attend to an emergency with your pet in temperature extremes. AnimAlarm works on the GSM network. (Not 3G.) So you will need a SIM card, either pre-paid, or a contract one. I got to play with a unit, and it’s pretty easy to setup. When it sends you the temperature where the main unit is located, it also sends the amount of battery charge. That way you’ll know when it time to recharge. Right now AnimAlarm is only available via the web. It retails for $179.00 and you provide your own sim card. You can order one through the company too. And you “meet” Victoria Davidson via my YouTube video, where I talked to her at the NY Pet Expo. Company website:
It's $7 cheaper in the US here at Pet Gadgets: AnimAlarm
My chat with Victoria: http://youtu.be/_p-aWqH6Zic
Facts About Dogs and Hot & Cold Cars from AnimAlarm.
Most people do not realize how hot it can get in a parked car. Research shows that the traditional remedies of leaving windows partially open or cranking up the air-conditioning before parking have very little effect on the interior temperature profile of the vehicle once stationary. With an external temperature of 25°C (77°F), the internal temperature of a car parked in the shade can exceed a fatal 33°C (91°F) and hit a horrendous 60°C (140°F) if left in full sunlight in a very short space of time. These temperature changes happen very quickly - typically 50% of the temperature increase occurs in the first twenty minutes after parking. So this can mean when it is a temperate 18°C (64°F) outside, in your car it can reach 34°C (93°F) in 20 minutes and a staggering 50°C (122°F) in a matter of an hour.
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