Paws for thoughtHeat Kills!
By Judy Griggs RPAL Team
Heat kills – Walking out of a store the other day, I heard a dog barking so I turned to see where the little one was. The cutest little fuzzy dog was sitting in a van unattended with one window cracked open and no, the air conditioner was not on in the car and it was 99 degrees outside.  On another occasion, I noticed a dog in the back of a truck in full sunlight with no shade or water just panting to try and stay cool. On both occasions the owner was in the store shopping and, while it is admirable that you want to take your pet with you, did you know that even with the windows cracked, the
temperature in your car will raise to 140 degrees within minutes and that little precious pet could
most certainly die within those minutes.
According to the statistics compiled by Texas Department of Family Services, if the temperature
outside is 85 degrees, the inside of your car will be 100 degrees within as little as 7 minutes.  A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit; if this temperature rises to above 105, your pet becomes at risk for heat exhaustion.  As the body temperature rises to 107, it can develop heat stroke, which can cause irreversible damage and death. 
Some of the symptoms of overheating are:
• sluggish and unresponsive
• disoriented
• gums, tongue and conjunctiva of the eyes may be bright red
• panting hard
• vomiting
Eventually he will collapse, seizure and may go into a coma. If your dog exhibits any of these
signs, treat it as an emergency  and call your veterinarian immediately. On the way to your veterinary
hospital, you can cool your pet with wet towels, spray with tap water from a hose or provide ice chips for your dog to chew (provided he is conscious).
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