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Hot Summer Weather Puts Pets in Peril

PHOTO: Taking Fido for a ride is one of the joys of summer. But veterinarians caution against leaving a pet in a vehicle unattended, even with the windows cracked. Photo credit: pippalou/morguefile.com.
PHOTO: Taking Fido for a ride is one of the joys of summer. But veterinarians caution against leaving a pet in a vehicle unattended, even with the windows cracked. Photo credit: pippalou/morguefile.com.
June 27, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Dogs left in cars are an all too common summertime sight in parking lots. But animal experts say it's extremely dangerous, and could land pet owners in hot water.

Courtney Thomas, president and CEO of Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said animals left in cars can suffer heatstroke within minutes.

"The side effects of that can ultimately result in the death of the pet," said Thomas. "Other neurological and sometimes permanent situations can arise as well."

Thomas also warned that the perils for pets may not always seem evident, but they shouldn't be left in a car for any length of time. Temperatures can soar inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked.

"You may park your car in what you believe to be the shade," said Thomas. "By the time you get out of the store, your dog or cat may be sitting in direct sunlight. You wouldn't leave a human child in the car, and pet owners really shouldn't do it with their pets, either."

Thomas added it's important to ensure animals have access to water in the summer, as their body temperatures run high naturally.

Thomas said it's critical to get an overheated animal to a veterinarian as quickly as possible, and to cool them down on the way. She recommended cold, but not icy, water and compresses.

Signs of heatstroke in animals include panting and seizures.

Tom Joseph/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - PA