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Posted on: May 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Heat Danger for Dogs

Dog inside a vehicle

You and your dog Charlie have been best friends for the last 12 years.  As a special treat you took him for a walk at the park and now you're headed home.  You suddenly remember that you need to pick up a few items at the store.  It’s 85 degrees outside, you have the windows slightly open, and you’re only going to be inside the store for a few minutes.  You see several new items to look at and then visit with a friend you run across.  The next thing you know it’s been over 40 minutes.  You rush outside to check on your dog but find him unresponsive; your best friend has died from the heat. 
Stories like this happen all too often.  On an 85-degree day it takes only 10 minutes for the interior of your parked car to climb to 102 degrees.  In a half hour, it can reach over 120 degrees.
Leaving windows partially open doesn't help to cool things down inside the vehicle, and to make matters worse, dogs have a higher body temperature than humans do.
In a very short period of time, an overheated dog can suffer critical damage to their brain, heart, liver and nervous system, even death.
With our warmer temperatures now, learn how you can prevent your dog from overheating in this informative article put together by Jonesboro Animal Control:

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