Leave Pets at Home, Not in Hot Car

According to sources, leaving your dog cooped up in a hot car is a sure way to bring on heat stroke. A dog’s body temperature is normally between 101 and 102 degrees F. Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, which expels heat. If the animal can not expel the heat fast enough, his body temperature rises. A rise of just 3 degrees is all it takes to send your dog into a dangerous situation.

When the dog’s body temperature reaches 108 degrees, the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and intestinal tracts start to begin to break down at a cellular level and the damage can progress at an alarming rate. dog_in_car.jpg

The local group, ICARE, recommends that you leave your pets and children at home during our hot weather days. Even what you think will be a short trip inside the bank could be long enough to do serious damage.

 
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