Lincoln Animal Control warns of heat exhaustion for pets as temps rise

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As temperatures rise, so does the risk of your pet facing heat exhaustion in an overheated vehicle.

As we enter the summer months and temperatures rise, the prevention of animals dying from being trapped in a hot vehicle is critical.

It can take just minutes for a car to reach 100 degrees in 90-degree weather, posing a risk to any animal in a vehicle with no air conditioner, according to Lincoln Animal Control manager Steve Beal.

Multiple factors can increase risk, especially if your pet is facing “underlying health conditions,” Beal said.

“It’s gonna depend upon your pet, too,” he said. “Some dogs don’t cool as easily, like a pug for example has a flat face, and dogs pant to cool themselves off.”

Beal believes that the best option for a pet owner is to leave your pet home when possible.

“It doesn’t take long for a warm car to become a hot car,” he said. “If you can leave your pet at home, that’s the best thing you can do.”

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