NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - We've all heard the dangers of leaving people or pets in hot cars, but it still happens. The Northampton Veterinary Clinic recently treated a dog that almost died in a hot car, until a police officer saved the animal. 22News is working for you with tips to keep animals safe in this summer heat.
This hot, hazy, and humid weather takes a toll on all the members of your family, including your pets. Many of the ways you keep yourself cool, work for them too.
"I'll keep the air conditioner on all day for him, take him out early or late. Put some water in him. Give him some ice cream," said Mike Meagher of Northampton.
But overall, people and pets handle the heat differently.
"It's very critical, even more so than humans because they have no ability to sweat through their skin. They have to sweat through their paws and pant to regular their body temperature. So it's a lot easier for an animal with a fur coat to get hot very quickly," said Dr. Ellie Shelburne of Northampton Veterinary Clinic.
On a hot day the temperature inside a car can soar over 100 in a matter of minutes. So even with the windows cracked open, your car is no place for your animal even while you're doing a quick errand.
If your pet is acting unusual, or eating less, it could be dehydrated especially older animals whose kidneys don't function quite as well. Call your vet if you're concerned, and pay attention to the signs your pet may be giving.
"Shelties are very good with the panting thing. When she's hot she tends to tell us. She's a very smart girl. She'll pat at our legs and it's time to get her inside with the AC," said Paul Johnson-Calderon of Northampton.
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