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Wednesday, May 1 2013, 07:38 AM EDT
How Dogs Suffer With Springtime Heat & Pollen
DAYTON -- 60 degrees might feel great but when it comes to your pets, you really have to think twice about where you take them.

Stephanie Carpentar takes her pit bull Maximus to an area dog park about three times a week but also takes him with her everywhere else she goes.

"I do, I want to get him used to people. I go downtown and I like to walk in downtown," she said.

And wherever she goes, she has a few simple rules they live by.

"When it gets warm and hot you definitely don't want to have a dog in the car even if they say leave the windows down, I don't agree because it's really hot in the car so you have to be really careful with that," she added.

"Even with the cracked window a car can heat up to 110° especially if it's sitting in the sun," said Dr. Kelly Meyer, veterinarian with the Animal Resource Center.

While you may feel it's OK to set guidelines allowing your pet to stay in the sun in springtime weather and just for a few minutes, this vet says it's never OK.

"Especially when it gets to 60s, 70s, 80s, there's really no way to say my  car is not going to heat up because even in the sun on a 60° day it's possible your car can heat up to temperatures higher than what your dog can tolerate.   

According to Dog Channel, a dog's normal resting temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a dog's temperature rises above 105 degrees, the dog begins to experience the effects of heatstroke.  At 106 to 108 degrees, the dog begins to suffer irreversible damage to the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart and brain.

"So it's best to never leave your dog in a locked car for heating up reasons and for safety reasons," said Meyer.

One good thing about the springtime is it makes it a lot easier to
exercise with your pets. Just make sure you get that dog plenty of water
and if you have to stop somewhere on the way home,
make sure you are positioned to take your dog with you.

Because when it comes to your best friend, "You can't ever be too careful," said Carpentar.

Veterinarians also want to warn about your pets allergies.

You'll want to get your pet tested to find out what they are allergic to.
This week will be one of the worst for pollen in the air and your pet may start to get some symptoms that will require a vet visit.

"Pollen allergies and allergies to mold manifests with itching redness of the skin," said Meyer. "If you see any hair loss on your dog or cat that might be an indication they are suffering from allergies."

Sneezing and watery eyes are other obvious symptoms as well.
Vets say just taking care of your dog will help prevent allergies.
Make sure they have the needed shots and that you give them a healthy and consistent diet.

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