Posted: May 7, 2013 8:10 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: May 7, 2013 8:11 PM
GREAT FALLS - As temperatures start to climb, it's important to remember that pets feel the rise in temperatures as well.
A common mistake during the warmer months is leaving animals alone in cars.
When it's 70 degrees outside, it only takes about 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 90 degrees, greatly increasing the risk of heat stroke.
Veterinarians say it's a major problem every summer.
Dr. Chaley Young of Best Friends Animal Hospital said, "It is pretty common here, just because the temperatures outside get so hot, and so it's very common for people to leave their dogs in the car and not really thinking about, if they think they're just gonna run in for just a second, but it doesn't take very long for that car to get heated up and for those animals to overheat."
Outside of the car, pets should not be confined to small spaces and fresh water and shade should be available.
Also, try taking pets on walks during the cooler parts of the day since the pavement heats up so quickly.