temperatures and heat
index soars pet owners
are advised to take
special precautions to
keep pets safe. High
temperatures can be
deadly for pets left
without a cool, shady
place to rest and plenty
To report an animal in heat-related jeopardy, call - Douglas County Animal Control - (541) 440-4328 or click on Link: http://www.dcso.com/animal_control_N.htm
o Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is more than 70 degrees. When itís 72 degrees outside, a carís temperature can rocket to 116 degrees, even with the windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees in minutes. Leaving a pet in a hot, unattended car is inhumane, illegaland can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.
o Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car. Call the local police and Doglas County Animal Control. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs IMMEDIATE attention.
o Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.
o Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day.
Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight
moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching
o If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for
yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home.
o Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather.
o When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.
o If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), right away begin applying cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!
o During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and begin heartworm prevention medication.
IF YOUR DOG DOES BECOME OVERHEATED, GET HIM INTO THE SHADE AND TAKE THESE EMERGENCY STEPS:
o Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest
o Don't give an unlimited amount of cold water, Let him lick ice cubes or even ice cream.
GET THE DOG TO A VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY, IT COULD SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE!
NOTE: The penalty in Douglas County for leaving a pet in a hot car is $6,250.00 PLUS jail time. It is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Let's keep our pets safe this summer and also watch out for those that may be neglected.