KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Humane Society of Missouri is reminding residents spring weather can be deceiving when it comes to pet safety.
While the sunny skies, light breezes and warmer temperatures are pleasant for humans, it can be dangerous for pets left in cars.
If you’re not sure if it’s too hot to leave your pet in the car, the Human Society offered this easy-to-remember phrase: “70 degrees and over, don’t take Rover!”
The organization said in weather such as this, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to more than 100 degrees. Leaving a window cracked or parking in the shade does not alleviate the heat, either.
The Humane Society also offered the following tips:
- Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car.
- Apply cool water to your pet’s extremities if they show signs of heat exhaustion.
- Make sure outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
- Provide your pet with shady spots outdoors.
- Take frequent water breaks if walking or jogging with your dog.
- Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet.
- Supervise pets around a pool or large body of water.
- Groom your pet regularly.
- Prepare for thunderstorm stress.
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