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REMINDER: Do not leave your pets in the car on hot days

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MARION, Iowa (KWWL) -- Marion Police are reminding the public of something crucial when it comes to pets; do not leave them alone in the car on hot days because it poses a serious danger to your animal.

During the recent spike in high temperatures, Marion Police have responded to an alarming increase in calls regarding pets being left unattended in cars at retail locations.

According to the ASPCA, even 70 degrees is too hot for your pets because inside the vehicle, the temperature will rise 20 degrees hotter within 10 minutes after sitting idle.

When temperatures outside are in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the
temperatures inside cars, even with the windows cracked open, can quickly climb to over 120 degrees inside within 10 minutes.

These dangerous conditions can cause heat exhaustion, strokes, and even be fatal to your pets.

Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. 

Know the signs of heatstroke and how to prevent it:

Symptoms of overheating in pets can include:

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing 
  •  Increased heart and respiratory rate 
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness 
  • Stupor 
  • Collapse

You’ll want to keep an eye out for these signs of distress, but you’ll also want to ensure that your pet is properly hydrated at all times.

Regardless of weather conditions or temperatures, children and pets should never be left in unattended vehicles.

Don’t let an excuse cost an animal their life. 

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