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How Hot Does it Get in a Parked Car

It’s a hot summer! Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward stays in a parked car on a summer day to see how dangerous it is to leave a pet inside a car. The car reaches 117 degrees within 30 minutes with all four windows opened 1 to 2 inches.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where this still needs to be said. Every summer there are new stories about dogs being left alone in a parked cars that get hot, with nothing but a window crack for relief. This veterinarian was tired of the stories, so he set out to prove that a few cracked windows does absolutely nothing to cool you down in a hot car. Any human that doesn’t want to put up with this kind of heat shouldn’t force their pets to deal with it, either.

Ask Dr. Chuck – How should I introduce a new cat to my existing cat?

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Q:How should I introduce a new cat to my existing cat?

A:Slowly. Your best approach is to keep your new cat confined to a separate room, letting your first cat get used to the smells without a threat to his/her whole territory. Slowly increase their exposure to each other. You can have the new cat in a carrier, and let them smell each other. Don’t leave them together unsupervised until you have seen them get along well for several hours at a stretch.

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