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The Heat and Humidity are Back, Protect Your Pet

Monday, June 8, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Well, here we go again! The hot weather is back here on Delmarva and not only the hot weather but the oppressive humidity that goes with it. I don’t mind the heat as much as the humidity. It actually drags me down, makes me feel sluggish and keeps me from doing the things I want to do. Enough about what it does to me but what does it do to your pet? Now is the time to protect our pets from the oppressive Summer heat. First and foremost, never leave your pet locked in a car at any time during the Summer months.. Here’s what the Humane Society says about this.

Never leave your pets in a parked car

Not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Learn how to help a pet left inside a hot car by taking action or calling for help. Local law enforcement can follow this handy guide [PDF] on how to proceed.

Keep exercise brief and try not to walk your dog during the hottest part of the day. Early morning and early evening walks are best.

Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water and for gosh sake, don’t leave you dog tied in your yard…never. If you want to get him out, take him to a park and stay in a shaded area.

These are all common sense guidelines but you would be surprised how many people don’t follow them!  Have a great Summer and make sure you protect your pet!

Remember, your pets count!

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