Dead in Minutes: Dogs and Heatstroke

dog drinking water from sprinklerEven very fit, athletic dogs can suffer heat-related illnesses during the sizzling days of summer.

Dogs with compromised health are at even greater risk.

Common sense strategies to protect your pup during a heat wave:

  • Keep him inside during the hottest part of the day
  • Scale back vigorous outdoor exercise
  • Never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day, not even for a minute

If you see an animal left in someone else's parked car in the heat, notify a store employee right away.

If the pet's owner isn't located immediately, call animal control or the police. A dog can suffer permanent damage or death in a very short time when left in a parked vehicle on a hot day.

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