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Tips for Caring for Man’s Best Friend in Summer Heat

July 16, 2019
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

After all the rain, people as well as man's best friend, want to be outside. We need to be careful in extreme heat and take care of our best friends.

Case in point last week on one of the news channels there was a story about a golden lab that had been left in a car for three hours with the windows up. By the time rescue crews got to the dog, it was already dead. Rescuers took the dog to the vet and the internal temperature of the dog was still so high, it would not read on the vet's thermometer.

Police a want the owner of the dog to be charged with felony animal abuse. Our furry friends cannot tell us when they are getting to hot and what happened to this dog should never happen to any animal. It broke my heart to know that some people in this world have no heart and they definitely should not have any pets.

Here are some good tips to keep Fido safe in the heat of summer:

Never leave your pets in a parked car. On an 85-degree day, it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of a car to heat to. After 20 minutes the temperature rises to 120 degrees. This can lead to irreversible organ damage and/or death.

Be careful of the humidity. Humidity affects dogs just like us. Panting removes moisture from the lungs, which takes heat away from their body. Trouble starts when a dogs temperature gets over 104 degrees. Know the signs and symptoms for heat stroke and how to treat it.

Make sure there is always fresh, cold water available indoors or out. If the dog is outdoors, make sure there is plenty of shade and when it gets extremely hot bring the dog inside.

Limit a dog's exercise and keep him off hot asphalt. Dogs sweat primarily through their feet. Hot asphalt has the potential to burn the sensitive pads on the dog's foot.

A fan has no real affect on a dog. A fan will not have the same effect on a dog as it would on you.

These are some very simple things that can be done to keep your pet safe in the hot summer months. All it takes is a little common sense and your pet will be around for a long time. Put yourself in their place and you should be able to answer any question you might have.

If you do see a dog in a lock car, call local law enforcement immediately or you take action yourself. The sooner the dog gets out of a hot car and can begin to cool down the better the chances are the dog will recover.



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