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Hot Weather!! Please remember no pets or children left in cars!!

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 7:37 PM

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Heat Kills
I am always amazed at how many people really ignore the fact that heat is dangerous for animals and small children in closed autos.

A pet can die of heatstroke within minutes of a car heating up inside. Cracking the windows don't help. Heatstroke in animals is anything over 104 degrees.

I have seen windows in parked cars in Texas heat blow out from the inside becoming too hot..

Within 20 minutes a car in 80 degree weather will heat up to 123 degrees inside. That is fast! Even with the windows cracked.

When outdoors, make certain your pets have shade and lots of cool fresh water.

Here is some great tips from the ASPCA website.

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-t...

If you see a animal ( or child) in a car in distress call the local police department for help ASAP. 684-5811


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Someone told me once that dogs cannot sweat to cool off. They use their tongue to evaporate saliva. So, they need access to water when in hot temperatures.

-- Posted by Grits on Fri, Jun 29, 2012, at 3:15 PM

yeah I lived in West Texas for a long time.. and the windows on the cars would blow out like a bomb was inside when they got too hot inside. wow.. I keep my pets at home unless we are traveling and someone is always with them they are never left in a auto alone.

it is so sad. I see kids left in cars all the time when i go into Goodwill.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:31 AM

I never understand why people think that they have to bring their pets everywhere with them. I understand that they are a part of your family. We have 2 dogs and we love them dearly. But, they would rather stay home and roam the air conditioned house, instead of pacing back and forth in a hot confined space like a car.

We got our dogs a couple of kiddie pools to get in *or drink out of, which they think that's what the pool is for. Since they are mainly outside.

I hope we do not experience the horrors that TN experienced last year with all of the children dying due to neglectful parents.

-- Posted by -Beth- on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 11:32 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.