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Don’t leave your dogs sitting in a hot car

June 21, 2012
The Alpena News

Once again folks are leaving their dogs in their vehicles while they "just run in" to the store to get something. That quick trip isn't always that quick. It's just common sense. Warm weather can kill a dog left in a car.

On an 80 degree day, even with windows slightly open, the temperature inside a

car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and 120 degrees in just half an hour. Even 70 degrees is too hot to leave your dog in a car if the sun is shining, and an overcast day does not guarantee a cooler environment.

Leaving your dog for "just a minute" may be too long. A dog's normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107-108 degrees for only a very short time before suffering brain damage or death. Dogs cool themselves by panting, they do not sweat like humans can to regulate their body temperature. When all they have to inhale is heated air, how cool do you think they are staying?

On the hottest days of the last stretch of 80 and 90 degree weather I heard several pages for people to go check on their dogs. It baffles me to no end how oblivious pet owners are to the suffering they inflict on their animals when it comes to their own convenience. If you wouldn't lock a child in a vehicle on a hot day, why would you lock your dog in one?

Shelley Neumann




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