This week, a yellow Labrador retriever died of heatstroke after being left inside a truck in a mall parking lot in Holyoke, Massachusetts. A Chihuahua corgi mix had a close call in the same parking lot and almost died of heatstroke as well. In light of these incidents, we thought we’d give you some information on keeping animals safe in hot weather.
PETA receives reports every year about animals who suffer horrifying deaths during the spring and summer months. During warm weather, even dogs who are left in the shade can quickly succumb to heatstroke and suffer brain damage as a result. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90 degrees, while the inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees in just minutes. If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke-including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy, and lack of appetite or coordination-get the animal into the shade immediately. You can lower a symptomatic dog’s body temperature by providing the dog with water, by applying a cold towel to the dog’s head and chest, or by immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water. Then immediately call a veterinarian.
PETA Prime makes the following suggestions for safeguarding animals:
PETA is right now building doghouses with special extended roofs for shading for dogs who are in desperate need of shelter in these record-high temperatures. You can help this lifesaving work by making a contribution to our project today. Your donation will bring the shelter of a sturdy, weatherproof doghouse to a lonely, neglected dog this summer.
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