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3D-printed robot dog warns of heatstroke risk

Leading Scandinavian pet brand Musti Group has launched a new campaign warning against leaving dogs alone in the car in summer temperatures. The centerpiece of the campaign is a custom-made, 3D-printed robot dog that simulates the symptoms of heat stroke. This robot is placed in a car and its movements are triggered by changes in temperature.

“When it comes to recognising dangerous situations, real life experience is the best form of education. By creating a tangible, cautionary example that people witness with their own eyes, we hope to increase awareness of how and when to act in these situations both as a dog owner and a passer-by,” Eveliina Rantahalvari, Musti Group’s Head of Nordic Marketing says.

Although summers in the Nordic countries are often not extremely hot, dogs with their fur are prone to heatstroke, even in moderate temperatures. Cars can heat up dangerously quickly, even on cloudy days. Despite increasing awareness of this problem, authorities in the Nordic countries receive numerous reports of dogs left in hot cars every summer.

The fully functional, 3D-printed robot dog vividly demonstrates how quickly a car can become a death trap for pets. The robot simulates the symptoms of heatstroke by reacting to the temperature in the car.

“The temperature inside the car rises dangerously high faster than many people realise. Even leaving the car’s windows open is not enough to ensure the dog is not at risk,” Rantahalvari says and reminds that if passers-by notice a trapped dog, the animal might be in need of immediate help.

“If you notice a dog left in a hot car, the first thing you should do is try to get in contact with the owner. For example, in a store or shopping center, you can ask the staff to make an announcement to try and alert the owner,” Rantahalvari says.

Symptoms of heatstroke in dogs include severe lethargy, dark red tongue and mucous membranes, convulsions and tremors. If the dog no longer pants or seems restless, but lies there apathetically, the situation could be very serious. In such cases, the emergency services should be contacted immediately.

“During summer, overheating is also a threat outside the car. It can be prevented by giving the dog enough water, staying in the shade, swimming and, for example, with ice cream made for dogs,” Rantahalvari reminds.

The Musti Group’s campaign uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to highlight a life-threatening danger for dogs in a striking way and thus raise awareness among the population.

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