As much of the country experiences record-high
temperatures, The Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners
to protect their animal companions.
Pet owners are advised not to leave their animals outside for extended
periods of time. Even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be
dangerous for an animal.
Never leave your pets in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures
inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree
day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened
slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the
temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible
organ damage or die.
Provide ample shade and water, limit exercise on hot days, and do not
allow your pet to walk on hot sidewalks or pavement, which can burn
Some signs of heatstroke are: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid
heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever,
dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep
red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. When in doubt,
contact a veterinarian.
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