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July 20, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Summer can be harsh on pets

We all love summer but the heat can be deadly for our pets.

One of my major complaints and concerns involves people who leave their pets in their cars while they shop. I have yet to see a human drop someone off to shop, park in the hot sun, sit in a car with the windows cracked and the air conditioning off until said person comes back. But we expect our pets to do it.

Remember, even though Fluffy might love to ride in the car with the air on or the windows down with the air moving quickly through the car he or she should never be left in closed up cars with the windows cracked while you go in stores or go out to eat.

Cars are like metal ovens and temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees in a closed-up vehicle in 15 minutes. This can kill your pet. So please, leave them home in the cool house. Think about what it would be like to come out thinking Fluffy will be happy to see you only to find your pet either dead or near death because they got too hot. Here are some tips:

1. Keep animals in the air-conditioned house during the hottest hours of the day. When they go outside to do their bathroom duties only leave them out 10-15 minutes, especially if they are not used to being out in extreme heat.

2. Exercise your pet in the early morning or in the evening after the sun has gone down. Let them set their own pace. Animals have more sense than we do about working out when it is to hot. Just because you like to workout in the heat of the day under a broiling sun does not mean your animal does, or should. It can kill them.

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