Warm weekend on the way: never leave a pet in the car
August 4, 2012
Sunshine and warm weather are headed our way this weekend, and Regional Animal Services of King County is reminding pet owners to keep their furry friends safe.
Animals cannot sweat like humans, and they are vulnerable to overheating quickly, especially when the temperature rises above 70 degrees, according to an RASKC press release. Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for pets, and shade from the sun. Though pets still need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs and dogs with thick coats, as they are especially vulnerable to overheating. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.
Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage or death. In addition, leaving a pet unattended in a hot car can be grounds for animal cruelty charges. In warm weather, leave your pets at home instead of taking them with you on errands.
If you see an animal in distress in an unattended vehicle, first try to contact authorities at the location you are visiting. They may be able to help locate the vehicle’s owner to unlock it quickly. If security guards or other authorities are unavailable, call 911 or 206-296-7387.
Learn more about RASKC www.kingcounty.gov/pets.