Keeping pets safe in the summertime

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Summer is finally here, but think twice before you go somewhere with your pets.

It’s never a good idea to leave an animal inside a hot car, not even for 5 or 10 minutes. When it’s 80 degrees outside, the car’s interior can heat up to 100 degrees within 10 minutes.

Veterinarians say cracking the window open does not cool down the car. Pets can suffer deadly heatstroke in that kind of condition.

Karina King told 22News, “The main problem that you see with heatstroke is an increased temperature, and just like you might see with a baby that gets a high fever, they can get fluid in the lungs and brain damage, and they can die from heatstroke.”

Never leave kids alone in the car either. Heatstroke can be deadly for children as well.

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