Group Warns Against Leaving Animal Companions out in the Sun

For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2013

Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382

— 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 a car in the shade can quickly succumb to
heatstroke and sustain brain damage as a result. On a 78-degree day,
the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in
just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high
as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke—including restlessness, heavy
, 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, applying a
cold towel to the dog’s head and chest, or immersing the dog in tepid (not
ice-cold) water. Then immediately call a veterinarian.

makes the following suggestions for safeguarding animals:

  • Keep
    dogs inside:

    Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves
    by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress, injury, or death.
  • Water
    and shade:
    animals must be left outside, then they should be supplied
    with ample water and shade, and the shifting sun needs to be taken into
    account. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun can have
    life-threatening consequences.
  • Walk,
    don’t run:
    very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep
    up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at
    which point, it may be too late to save them.
  • Avoid
    parked cars:

    Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods
    with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to
    heatstroke within minutes—even if a car isn’t parked in direct sunlight.
  • Never
    transport animals in the bed of a pickup truck:
    This practice is dangerous—and illegal
    in many cities and states—because animals can catapult out of a truck bed on a
    sudden stop or choke if they jump out while they’re tied up.
  • Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye
    on all outdoor animals
    . Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter.
    If you see an animal in distress, provide him or her with water for immediate
    relief and then contact humane authorities right away.

TV: PETA’s warm-weather public service
announcement featuring Elisabetta Canalis is available for download here. Print: PETA’s warm-weather public service announcements featuring Laura
Bell Bundy
are available to link to or download here (for print) and here (for online). Radio: PETA’s warm-weather public service
announcement is available to link to or download here.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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