Use common sense to protect pets in warm weather

July 3, 2012

By Staff

Regional Animal Services of King County reminds pet owners to keep animals safe as temperatures rise and spring changes to summer.

Animals cannot sweat like humans and can overheat quickly, especially as the temperature rises above 70 degrees.

Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.

Though pets need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs and dogs with thick coats. On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.

Another danger is leaving pets in a vehicle, especially on warm days.

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.

Contact authorities if you see unattended animals in a vehicle. Authorities may be able to help locate the vehicle’s owner to unlock the vehicle quickly. If security guards or other authorities cannot be reached, call 911 or 206-296-7387 immediately.

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