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Summer Weather Pet Safety

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Your pets probably want to go out and play even more than you do

But when the weather gets a bit warm when you run errands.

It's the dog days of summer, and that means pets are out to play, but it also means some of man's best friends are getting left out in the heat.

"It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your car to get above 100 degrees, which you know, you just imagine how you feel at 100 degrees and then you imagine how you would feel with a fur coat on at 100 degrees," says Mandy Schaaf of the Central Dakota Humane Society.

If the outside temperature is over 60 degrees, you should never leave your pet in your car. Even if the window is cracked.

"As you can see, like with this vehicle, the windows are all the way down, and this is a very friendly dog that's in here sleeping. But they could steal your animal, too. That's something, you don't want to lose your animal," says Schaaf.

If you absolutely need to bring your dog with you, bring another person too so he or she can stay with the dog and take it for a walk if it starts to overheat.

But be careful, veterinarians say just walking a dog in extreme heat has health risks.

"If you go walking at noon, when the humidity is high and they aren't used to it, they can get heat stroke," says Dr. Del Rae Martin.

So, what should you do if your pet overheats? Vets say first, get into the shade. Then find some lukewarm water.

"You don't want ice cold water because if you pour ice cold water on them what happens is you constrict all the vessels. And they can't dissipate any heat or anything like that, so use lukewarm water and a towel, or something like that, just lay it over their body. Second thing to do, is to call your veterinarian," says Martin.

They say if you do see a dog in someone's car outside when it's hot, you should call the police.

Martin says if a dog is still conscious after overheating, it will usually survive.

However, you should still take it to the vet.


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