Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
It is always tempting to take your dog with you for a car ride and it is such a treat for them. But if you are going to leave your car and run errands, it is better to leave Fido at home, especially during the warm summer months.
The dog that was recently left in a car where the temperature registered 134 degrees (“Cops: Dog left in hot car at hospital,” July 26, 5A) could have been dead from heatstroke in 15 minutes. The security guard at Eastside Medical was truly a guardian angel to notice and alert the Snellville Police.
Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. On a 90-degree day, heat can rise as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. The humidity we have in our area only makes it worse,
as it interferes with our dog’s abilility to rid itself of excess body heat.
Instead of a car ride, take Fido for an early morning walk, and save the car rides until cooler weather.
Connie Hinson, Lawrenceville