Don’t forget about your pets during the extreme heat


Don’t forget about your pets during the extreme heat

PARSONS, KS–Leaving pets in cars during the summer heat can be fatal. The City of Parsons Animal Control Office offers the following reminders to residents as we enter into the hottest part of the year.

Did you know that it only takes minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation? Most people don’t realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a summer day. According to the ASPCA, even in what seems cool to us, a 78 degree day, temperatures in your parked car in the shade can exceed 90 degrees. If it is left in the sun, temperatures can soar to a scorching 160 degrees.

Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. Many experts recommend not to leave pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.

Although many roll down windows and park in the shade, it doesn’t guarantee protection, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone.

It is important to remember that animals do not sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, get dehydrated, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke.

The Parsons Animal Control Office offers these precautions to keep your furry friend safe in the summer heat:

Leave your dog at home on warm days. Bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl. Don’t let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds. The hot metal can burn a dog’s paws, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. If you see signs of heat exhaustion, take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet. Signs include: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. It is important to lower their body temperature gradually. Call your veterinarian.