City of Mercer Island reminds pet owners to keep animals cool in hot cars

As the temperatures get warmer this summer, residents of Mercer Island are reminded that hot cars are dangerous for pets.

When it is 70 degrees outside, a car can easily reach 100 degrees inside, while 90 degrees outside can translate into 140 degrees inside a vehicle.

"We haven't had temperatures this high for several months, so people and pets need to take it easy at first," said Dr. Gene Mueller, manager of Regional Animal Services. "After a long and dreary winter, animals need to get re-acclimated to the heat just like humans do. If you head out with your pet this weekend, keep a slower pace at first, make sure you both drink plenty of water, and find a shady spot to rest when you need it."

Animals don't sweat like humans do, making them very vulnerable to overheating. Owners are reminded to bring cool fresh water for pets, whether they are in shade or the sun.

Anyone who sees an animal in distress in an unattended vehicle can contact authors by call 911 or (206) 296-7387.

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