HRA Senior Humane Law Enforcement Officer Dan D'Eramo joined NBC4's Sheena Parveen to discuss potential heat-related dangers to be aware of with your pet.
With high heat and humidity gripping the Mid –Atlantic region, the Humane Rescue Alliance has received numerous calls from concerned citizens about the welfare of animals in the heat. An unfortunately common problem: pets kept in cars. Temperatures, even when pleasant outside, are dangerous inside a car. An outside temperature of 72 degrees can result in temperatures inside a car of up to 116 degrees within an hour. At 80 degrees outside, a car can reach 99 degrees within 10 minutes. Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.
Pet owners should also be aware of their pets when outside. Plenty of shade and water are crucial when a pet is outside and time spent outdoors should be limited during extreme temperatures. Dogs and cats with flat faces (e.g. bulldogs, Persian cats) are more susceptible to heat related problems.
HRA’s Director of Behavior and Training Alexandra Dilley provides tips for pet owners when dealing with warm weather.
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