UAN warns that heat, social events and natural disasters can all pose hazards to pets
SACRAMENTO, CA (June 28, 2010) – With outdoor celebrations and social activities on tap for the upcoming Independence Day weekend and the rest of the summer, United Animal Nations (UAN) is reminding pet owners to take the following precautions to keep their pets safe:
Never leave a dog in an enclosed vehicle. Even on a seemingly mild day, the inside of a car can heat up to deadly temperatures. Cracking the windows won’t help, either.
Don’t leave animals in locked cars. Even on relatively mild days, an enclosed vehicle can become a death trap. When it is 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature can climb to 116 degrees within one hour. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes. Parking in the shade or cracking the windows doesn’t reduce the danger. Dogs left in hot cars can suffer nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage and even death. Visit www.MyDogIsCool.com for more information.
Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. Learn more at www.uan.org.