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Don't cook your dog this summer

Don't cook your dog this summer

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Updated Saturday, May 26 at 2:45 PM

We all love our pets and would do anything to keep them safe and healthy right? Sadly, each year dogs suffer and die in hot cars.

The 'Don't Cook Your Dog' campaign was launched in the UK after two London police dogs “baked to death” when they were left in their handler’s car for up to six hours on the hottest day of the year.

The Editor of Dogs Today magazine, Beverley Cuddy, together with designer Judith Broug created the campaign that has taken hold around the world after news of it spread via social media.

They point out that when it's 72 degrees, a car in direct sun can reach an internal temperature of 116. Even in the shade, a car can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors, and cracking the window has almost no effect.

It's never safe to leave a dog locked in a car on a warm day.

Heat stroke develops rapidly and can lead to severe problems like organ failure and even death. Pets with shorter noses, like bulldogs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses as there is less area for heat to evaporate.

Seattle Humane says signs of heat stroke in a pet include heavy panting, agitation, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, staggering, vomiting and a deep red or purple tongue.

If an animal becomes overheated, place him in a cool place and apply cool (not cold) water all over his body. Apply ice packs or cold towels only to the head, neck and chest. Let him drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and take him immediately to a veterinarian. DO NOT wait to see if your pet improves – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you are in King County and see an animal in a hot parked car you can call RASKC at 206-296-PETS (7387).

Don't Cook Your Dog website has free poster and sticker downloads so you can spread the word.

Let's keep all our doggies happy and healthy!

 

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