Warm temps make cars dangerous for pets

By Whatcom Humane Society development associate Courtney Adams

A hot day can be deadly to a pet left in a parked car. When the temperature is in the low 80s outside, a parked car becomes unbearably hot inside within minutes, even with the windows left slightly open.

Did you know that in just 10 minutes, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees or above? In just 30 minutes, the temperature inside your car can reach 120 degrees or above. At 110 degrees, your pet may have just minutes to live. In high heat, your pet will suffer heatstroke leading to collapse, brain damage and an agonizing death.

If your pet is overheating now, take emergency action. Get it into cold water or give it a cold-water rubdown immediately to lower its body temperature.

For dogs, the normal body temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees. In the event of heatstroke, take your pet to a veterinarian for a thorough examination.

For more information or to report cruelty call 360/733-2080 ext. 3017.

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