A dogâ€™s normal temperature is anywhere from 101 to 102.5 degrees, or a few degrees warmer than a humanâ€™s.
So compared with humans, dogs might seem to have more protection against the 90-degree heat wave sweeping through Western New York.
But dogs are ill-equipped for heat, largely because they donâ€™t sweat.
â€œThey havenâ€™t bred a dog yet who can perspire,â€ said Gina Browning, public relations director for the SPCA Serving Erie County.
Thatâ€™s why SPCA officials, veterinarians, dog wardens and pet owners are shouting from the rooftops this week about the dangers of the heat on their pets, especially dogs.
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