The summer months can be uncomfortable - even dangerous - for pets and people.
Never leave your pets in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
If your pet is exposed to high temperatures:
Look for signs of heat stress—heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
If your pet is overheated, move him to a cooler area and take these emergency steps:
Gradually lower his body temperature by applying cool (not cold) water all over his body or soaking him in a cool bath.
Place cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits, and in the groin area. You may also wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water. Direct a fan on the wet areas to speed evaporative cooling.
You may offer fresh, cool water if your dog is alert and wants to drink. Do not force your pet to drink.
Take your pet immediately to a veterinarian—it could save his life. Call ahead, if possible, to be sure your veterinarian is available.
If you see an animal in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call your local animal care and control agency or police department immediately and take the following steps:
Get the vehicle’s tag number and enter the nearest store or business to request an emergency announcement be made about a pet left in a hot car.