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Leaving pets in car during summer days can be deadly

If it's hot, your pet may be in trouble! During warm weather pet guardians must take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their pets. The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet. Leaving you pet in a car with the air conditioning on is also taking a risk as many pets have died as the result of a faulty air-conditioning system.

Summer can be a fun time for many pets and their owners. During the summer we see more people out and about with their pets. It is tempting to bring your pet everywhere with you but you should never leave your pet in the car alone in the summer heat.

When it is 80 degrees outside, the inside of your car can reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked. This happens because what is known as the greenhouse effect. The heat gets trapped inside the car and gets absorbed; creating different wavelengths that do not exit back through the car windows. So that quick trip into the store or bank can cost your pet her life. Cats and dogs cannot cool themselves down as easily as people; once they overheat they can suffer from extensive organ damage quickly that can lead to death. So it is best to leave your pet at home where she can remain cool and hydrated.

Tennessee joined 16 other states last year with laws in place to protect animals left in hot cars. The law, which took effect July 1, 2015, extends the states’ Good Samaritan law to pets too. It protects individuals from liability to damages caused while trying to rescue a child or animal in danger. If you are out and you see an animal trapped in a hot cat, you should immediately call animal control. Do not leave until help as arrived. You should also notify the managers of the nearby businesses so they can make an announcement. Remember, just a few minutes is all it takes.

Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Your dog will be more comfortable if left at home.

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