Heeding Safety Advice Could Save Your Dog’s Life During Heat Wave

With excessive heat warnings posted and searing triple-digit temperatures predicted for major cities or sections of every region of the continental United States, taking special care to protect your pets from the dangerous effects of scorching heat is crucial.

"Extreme heat is a very real, fast-acting threat to pets," said Gina Lash, American Kennel Club ® spokesperson. "Keep your dog out of hot cars, especially one that is unattended. When it's only 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to a deadly 120 degrees or more in just minutes. Leaving the windows partially rolled down will not help. So, while it can be fun to take your dog with you to run errands, it's best to leave him at home if he can't go into the store with you."

"Furthermore, your dog – who can never remove his fur coat – is susceptible to heat stroke and possible death in other scenarios brought on by the blistering weather we're experiencing this summer," continued Lash. "Blacktop or other areas that don't receive proper cover or ventilation can be very dangerous, as is a lack of access to fresh water. Adequate, shaded shelter and plenty of cool water are essential to keeping your pet safe during this heat wave and throughout the year."

Follow these additional safety tips to help keep your dog safe this summer.

For more safety tips and to read or download the AKC "Canine Summer Safety Tips," visit http://www.akc.org/public\\_education/summer.cfm

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 18,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog trials. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org http://www.akc.org/.