Keep Your Pets Safe From The Heat

June 19, 2017
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During the “dog days” of summer, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to well above 100ºF in just a matter of minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

Never leave a dog in a parked car. On a mild 73ºF day, the temperature inside a car can reach 120ºF in 30 minutes. On a 90ºF day, the interior of a vehicle can reach 160ºF in minutes.

If you see a dog in a car and in distress, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license-plate number, have the owner paged inside nearby stores, and call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. If police are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Also, be careful about taking pets on a jog, walk or hike.  Just this past weekend, a dog had to be rescued on Cowles Moutain when a hiker didn't take enough water.

On long walks, rest often and take plenty of water. Hot pavement can burn dogs’ paws; choose shady, grassy routes and choose to hike early or late in the day.

Here are more tips and reminders about keeping pets safe in extreme heat.