One Thing Every Pet Owner Should Do This Summer

One Thing Every Pet Owner Should Do This Summer

Did you know hundreds of pets die each year from being left alone in hot cars? 

While it may seem harmless to leave your pup while you run inside for a quick errand, it only takes a few moments for your closed car to heat up to a temperature even hotter than the outside. In fact, according to the Humane Society of the United States, your car can quickly reach temperatures as high as 120°F on a warm day — even with the windows cracked.

Because pups can only cool themselves off through panting, they are extra susceptible to heat exhaustion, and it’s estimated that it only takes 15 minutes of high temperature exposure for them to start experiencing a heat stroke and/or brain damage. Signs of extreme heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy panting.
  • Dribbling.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Weakness.
  • A red or purple tongue.
  • Apparent drowsiness.
  • Unresponsiveness.

Should your dog show symptoms of a heat stroke, it’s important to move them to a cooler area and take the following steps immediately:

  • Sprinkle water on them to help gradually lower their body temperature. 
  • Place damp towels over the back of their neck, armpits and groin areas. If possible, direct a fan toward the towels to help speed up the evaporation process.
  • Offer cool water if your dog is alert and receptive.
  • Take your dog to a veterinarian or animal hospital as soon as possible.

The best way to ensure your pup doesn’t overheat this summer? Don’t leave them alone in a parked car — even if it’s just for a few moments.

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