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"Urgent heat wave animal advisory
Monday, June 14, 2010

With the heat index expected to soar above 100 degrees today and high temperatures expected throughout the week in the Charleston area, PETA is offering lifesaving tips on caring for dogs. Please share this vital information with your audience: · Keep dogs inside: Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or fatal. · Water and shade: If dogs must be left outside, they should be supplied with ample water and shade, and the shifting sun needs to be taken into account. Where is the animal when you are at work? Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun during a heat wave can have life-threatening consequences. · Walk, don't run: In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late to save them. They can quickly become severely overheated, and an "exercise" session can turn into a medical emergency. · Avoid parked cars: Never leave a dog in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heatstroke within minutes—even if the car isn't parked in direct sunlight. · Hot pavement: Dogs' footpads easily burn on heated asphalt, pavement, and sand. Test the road surface with your hand before walking a dog while the sun is out. · Pickups: Never transport dogs in the bed of a pickup truck. This practice is dangerous—and illegal in many states and municipalities—because animals can catapult out of the truck bed on a sudden stop or choke if they jump out while they're tied up. During hot weather, dogs' feet and bellies can also get burned on the metal. · Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye on all outdoor dogs. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you see a dog in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the dog immediate relief by providing water. "When in doubt, don't leave your dogs out," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "When heat waves like this strike, it's better to be safe than sorry and keep your animal companions indoors." Again, please share this important information with your audience during this life-threatening heat wave."
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Jun 15 2010 05:35 GMT MargNZ
Not nice for the animals but excellent advice to keep them safe Nancy :)
Jun 15 2010 05:52 GMT Annamaria
Take good care of yourself and this guy, Nancy!
Jun 15 2010 06:34 GMT Pea2007
Good advice.
Jun 15 2010 07:54 GMT senna3
I can hear his voice! Brilliant capture!
Jun 15 2010 13:09 GMT linnywv PRO
Take care of those lovely friends!
Jun 15 2010 15:34 GMT martini957
Thank you Margaret : ))
Jun 15 2010 15:39 GMT martini957
I sure will AnnaMaria...Thank you : ))
Jun 15 2010 15:43 GMT martini957
I thought so too Pea....Thank you : ))
Jun 15 2010 15:45 GMT martini957
Thank you Peter : ))
Jun 15 2010 15:45 GMT martini957
Thank you Linny...I'll do my best : ))
Jun 15 2010 16:11 GMT gafaway
everybody into the pool : )
or you can visit me Nancy about 70f in the day if I am lucky...
you would still need a jacket at night here too...
take care
Jun 15 2010 17:13 GMT lossieloon
Not a problem we often have in my part of the world!!! Great capture I can almost hear him howling this warning out :-))
Jun 15 2010 20:13 GMT kamilla
Jun 16 2010 01:32 GMT Studio88
Great Advice Nancy - Fabulous Photo ;-)
Jun 16 2010 04:49 GMT sini
Good advice! Great capture too!:)
Jun 16 2010 13:48 GMT martini957
Sounds wonderful Pam : ))
We got a thunder storm yesterday evening...the lightning was so awesome...a lot of noise and a little sweet cooling rain...God is good; ))
Jun 16 2010 13:51 GMT martini957
Thank you Lossieloon ; ))
Jun 16 2010 13:51 GMT martini957
Thank you Kamilla : ))
Jun 16 2010 13:52 GMT martini957
Thank you Studio88 : ))
Jun 16 2010 13:52 GMT martini957
Thank you Sini : ))
Jun 16 2010 22:33 GMT charlie26
Good that you give this advice. Nice entry.
Jun 17 2010 00:20 GMT martini957
Thank you Charlie...happy to pass it on : ))
Jun 17 2010 00:35 GMT larrybenedict
And I thought he was singing "O' Sole Mio"
Jun 17 2010 01:10 GMT martini957
LOL...maybe he was Larry : ))
Aug 13 2010 07:42 GMT beady
Nice dog capture
Aug 14 2010 04:55 GMT martini957
Thank you Beady