Heat can spell danger for your pets, especially inside cars

High heats can spell dangers for your pets

With temperatures starting to get warmer, it's time to remind pet owners about the dangers of leaving animals in a vehicle.

The Eugene Police Department is encouraging pet owners to take additional precautions to keep your pets safe in the heat, and not to leave animals in the car as they are at risk of experiencing heatstroke, which can be deadly in a short amount of time.

More patrol cars are now equipped with thermometers capable of gauging the temperature in a car to help police the problem, Eugene Police said.

When temperatures reach up to 80 degrees, a vehicle can heat up to over 100 degrees in 20 minutes, even with windows slightly open.

Animals can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure that your pet has a shady place to get out of the sun. Officials recommend keeping pets indoors when it is extremely hot, and limiting their activity outdoors, especially on pavement.

Heatstroke symptoms can include: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, vomiting, and lack of coordination. If your animal is overcome by heat exhaustion, consult your veterinarian right away. If you notice an animal in distress or unresponsive in a parked car, first try and locate the pet’s owner and alert him or her to the animal’s condition. If you cannot find the animal’s owner, call 911.

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