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1300 Campus Drive  Wausau, WI 54401
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Phone: 715-675-1700
Marathon Town & Country Store
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Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm
Sat 8am-5pm  
 Sundays Closed
With a little awareness and planning 
it can also be a SAFE time for your pets
We have all heard it before: Never leave a dog in a hot car. But exactly how hot does it get in a car?

Our Pet Heat Index will show you how quickly a car heats up even on a seemingly "cool" 70 degree day.
Taking a nice summer walk with your dog is something you both can enjoy.

But Remember: If it is to hot for you to go barefoot on asphalt it is to hot for your dog to go barefoot as well.
      Air Temp                Asphalt                                          Temp

     77 Degrees.......125 degrees

     86 Degrees........135 Degree

      87 Degree .......143 Degrees
Here are some tips for keeping your dog cool and happy this sunmmer
Offer an ice pack or wet towel to lay on.
Add ice cubes to the water dish.
Offer access to a wading pool with shallow, cool water.
Offer access to cool shade by stringing up a tarp, cloth, or use a shade screen.
Bring a collapsible water dish on your walks.
Replace a portion of their regular diet with canned food or add water to their kibble.
Avoid walking on hot pavement, and consider booties to insulate their toes.
Early morning or evening playtimes, exercise, and walks are best.
Give your dog some homemade frozen treats.


Misconceptions about 
Dogs and Heat
Misconception #1: “I leave the windows cracked”
The Reality: Multiple studies have shown that leaving the windows cracked has only a minimal, and overall insignificant protective benefit.

One study showed that the average temperature rise of 3.4°F per 5 minutes in an enclosed car was only decreased to 3.1°F per 5 minutes by ‘cracking’ the windows. This equated to a difference of only 3.6°F over the 60-minute study period (40.8°F total heat rise with windows fully closed, compared to 37.2°F rise with windows ‘cracked’).

Misconception #2: “I’ll only be gone for a few minutes”
The Reality: Whenever you run into a store there are plenty of factors that are outside of your control and which can prolong your time away from your dog. 
The next time you dart into a store for a “quick shopping trip”, time yourself. Do this exercise a few times and see how long “a few minutes” can actually be. Then keep the following numbers in mind…
19° – that’s the average °F temperature rise in a parked after just 10 minutes in one study
29° – the average °F temp rise after just 20 minutes
34° – the average °F temp rise after 30 minutes
43° – the average °F temp rise after 60 minutes
Now imagine what this would equate to on a relatively mild 80°F day. Imagine what it would be on one of the 100°F days that are common in certain areas, and are becoming more commonplace in others. The results can be devastating – quickly!

Misconception #3: “It’s only 70°F out, there’s no danger of heat stroke”
The Reality: Temperatures in the low 70s are plenty hot enough to cause a dog left in a parked car to develop and suffer from heat stroke. 
Not only is a temperature as low as 70°F warm enough to result in heat stroke, even temperatures in the low 60s can be dangerous for some pets. This is because certain cats and dogs – based on factors such as breed, weight, existing medical conditions, and several other factors – are actually more sensitive to heat than others, and therefore at even greater risk of developing and suffering from heat stroke. 

Misconception #4: “I always leave water in the car for my dog, so I don’t have to worry about heat stroke”
The Reality: Though leaving water is a good thing, as it can help to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion, it does very little to stave off heat stroke in parked cars. The reason is that dogs rely mostly on the evaporative cooling effects of panting to get rid of excess heat, and their ability to do so effectively is quickly overwhelmed in a hot, stuffy car… regardless of whether or not they have a water bowl in front of them.

Misconception #5: “I leave the air conditioner running, so I don’t have to worry about heat stroke”
The Reality: Air conditioner compressors and car engines fail, and dogs knock into and inadvertently press and hit buttons and switches. Sadly there are plenty of cases of dogs dying when the car air conditioner failed or a dog bumped into and switched off the air conditioner.
When air conditioner compressors fail, the air blowing into the car from the vents often turns from cool to hot, greatly speeding up the temperature rise within the car.