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  • My husband is an over-the-road truck driver. He took our five-year-old cat Emmy with him during the winter months. Now that it is heating up I am concerned about her getting too hot. There aren't many ways to cool them down if they get too hot right? Put their paws in cold water?

    Pets getting too hot in a car or truck is a concern. If it is comfortable for us then it is okay for them. However, it can get very hot in a car or truck very quickly in warm environments. If he can’t keep the cab at a comfortable temperature then I recommend that he not take Emmy with him. Signs of heat stroke can include very red gums, trouble breathing, and being warm to the touch. If you think that she had gotten too warm she needs to be taken to a veterinarian immediately. Heat stroke can cause severe life threatening issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. You can start to cool her by placing her pads in cool water but this will not take the place of seeing a veterinarian. 


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