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Heat Warning
Sad dogVehicle Hazards
On an average summer day, the temperature can reach a boiling 160 degrees inside a car parked in the sun. Pets don't sweat like people do; they cool themselves through their lungs by panting. When air becomes too hot, brain damage and eventual death result.

Safety Tips
  • If you must take your pet along in the car have another person stay with your pet while you are gone.
  • Ask that person to take the animal for a walk or rest in the shade.
  • Provide fresh, cool water to drink.

Act immediately if you see an animal enclosed in a car on a summer day. Call the police or humane organization for help. A pet's heart and lungs can be permanently damaged by excessive heat and humidity. Although you can't see this damage, it is serious.