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June 29, 2017 In summer heat, keep pets safe
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When the temperature hits 90 and climbing and walking out the door feels like walking into a blast furnace, most people know what they need to do.

It’s protective clothing, sunscreen, a hat, stay in the shade, lots of water. If all else fails, go someplace cool and stay there. People have options. They have control and can determine for themselves how to protect themselves from heat stroke and dehydration and injury, sickness, and death from the heat. And humans are able to shed excess body heat by sweating.

Pets, and especially dogs, are dependent on people to protect them from the risks of excessively high temperatures. Also, dogs don’t sweat. They get rid of excessive body heat by panting. When it’s really hot out, dogs should be kept inside a cool building with access to plenty of clean water. If they are kept outside, they must have access to shade and shelter. A dog house left baking in the sun is not adequate shelter from heat.

Dogs kept outside should be kept in a fenced in yard, a kennel, or a yard with a buried electric barrier of the kind that is used with a shock collar. They should never be left for long periods of time chained or tied. While it may be perfectly legal to leave a dog chained, it’s not safe. Dogs left chained will often bark or howl and make a nuisance of themselves for everyone within earshot. But, of greater concern is that it is too easy for a chained dog to get the chain tangled in trees, bushes, or whatever else may be in the way. Dogs can also get themselves tangled up resulting in injury or even death. Also, a chained dog may not be able to get to water or shade and can become very sick or even die of heat stroke within a surprisingly short period of time. And while it may not be a violation of law to keep a dog chained, keeping a dog confined or tied in a place where it lacks adequate food, water, shelter, and sanitation is a violation of the law.

A chained dog is also a risk to people and especially children who may not know how to behave around dogs. A chained dog cannot get away from anyone it perceives to be a threat and they may bite if someone they don’t know or trust gets too close. This is especially the case if the person gets too close to their food dish.

And finally, and this cannot be repeated often enough, never ever leave a dog or cat or any animal or person, and especially not children, in a parked car if the outside temperature is over 65 or 70 degrees. Keep in mind that even temperatures as low as 70 can be deadly and that cracking the window does not help. Keep in mind that at 85 degrees the interior of the car can reach 160 within minutes and anything alive in that space very soon won’t be.

For further information on keeping you pet safe this summer, contact the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center at 3910 Napoleon Lane, Iowa City; phone 319 356 5295 ext 7; or their web site at icanimalcenter.org.

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