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No Such Thing as Five-Minute Errands

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July 7, 2011 by wcobserver

Cars left in the sun can reach temperatures as high as 150 degrees. You can cook food on the dashboard of your car. It may take a little longer than a microwave but not that much. This is especially true if you went to do an errand and forgot you were frying eggs.

In March, a six-month-old infant was found dead in a car in New Braunfels, Texas. A labrador retriever was found dead in a car there a few weeks ago. This information was from Express News in San Antonio. According to this story, just leaving a child in a car unattended is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas.

Dogs and cats don’t have sweat glands so all they can do to dissipate heat is pant and suffer. I saw a dog in the Wal-Mart parking lot the other day just panting away. The car was gone when I got back. It’s time to leave the pets at home when you go shopping or joyriding. It’s just too dangerous a thing to do in the summertime. We are easily distracted and that could mean the difference between life and death for a child or pet left unattended in a vehicle. And just imagine the guilt that would stay with you the rest of your life, especially with a human child.

Summer got here so fast this year it may have left some of us unaware of precautionary measures to take to keep our pets safe and cool. For outdoor pets and horses here are some reminders:

  1. Always provide shade. This is especially true for horses that may be kept in lots. Closed-up barns should be equipped with fans and ventilation.
  2. Water: probably the most important item during summer heat. Even without shade, cool fresh water available could make a big difference in the comfort of your pet. Don’t let it ever run out.
  3.  Check pets regularly. It would be better to hand feed once or twice daily than to leave bowls of food out for pets to eat when they want to. You may not notice a change in appetite if left to self feed.
  4. Check dog houses and bedding regularly for parasite infestation especially fleas and ticks. Internal and external parasites can cause anemia which lowers the pet’s ability to deal with stress, heat and otherwise.

So, have a great summer and keep those pets cool and happy. You can take them with you to PetSmart next fall when things cool off.

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