A Friendly Reminder: Don't Leave Your Dog in the CarPublished July 7, 2010
With summer temperatures in full swing in much of the U.S. and beyond, we'd like to share a few warm weather safety tips from our friends at the Ontario SPCA:
- Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
- A dog's normal body temperature is about 39C (102F).
- Because of a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening.
- A dog can withstand a body temperature of 41C (106F) for only a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or even death.
- Pets left outdoors on hot summer days can also be in serious danger. Dogs should only be left outdoors for short periods, and be provided with sufficient water and a cool, sheltered place that provides shade from the sun.
- Walking during the early morning or evening when it is cooler is advisable.
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