Hot cars can kill petsOn an 85-degree...

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Hot cars can kill pets

On an 85-degree day the temperature in a car, even with the window open a few inches, can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes, the SPCA warns.

A dog's normal temperature is 101.5 to 102.2 degrees. A dog can withstand a temperature of 107-108 degrees for only a few minutes before suffering irreversible brain damage.

Watch for excessive panting or salivating, disorientation, glazed

eyes or vomiting. By the time an animal slips into unconsciousness, it may be too late.

Movethe animal into the shade and apply ice packs or cold towels to its head, neck and chest. Offer a small amount of cool water or some ice cubes; then rush it to a veterinarian.

If you see an animal in a hot car, try to locate its owner. If the owner can't be found, call the police, SPCA or Animal Control immediately.

Information: 268-4388.

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