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Dangers of leaving pets in hot cars

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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.

Make sure your pets have enough shade and water on hot days. Animals experts with the Humane Society explain, "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly."

If you see a dog in distress you should call authorities.

Here are some signs your animal may be suffering heatstroke or heat stress. 

Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting);

Rapid or erratic pulse

Anxious or staring expression

Weakness and muscle tremors

Lack of coordination

Tongue and lips red or even bluish in colo
Convulsionss or vomiting

Emergency treatment:

Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place

Wet the animal down with cool water and get water for the animal to drink

Take the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment

*Information in this article provided by The Humane Society of the United States as well as the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


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