Dog Waiting in Car

As we start to experience warmer temperatures, we all need to be mindful of our pets and their heat safety. It may sound appealing to take your furry friend for a drive in the sunshine. But, keep in mind that any length of time for an animal in a hot car can pose a threat to their health, potentially causing dehydration or even heat stroke.

Consider the following safety tips prior to making any road trip with your pet:

  • Familiarize yourself with some of the common symptoms of dehydration and heat stroke such as heavy panting and profuse salivating.
  • Always have plenty of water on hand.
  • Make frequent stops to allow for water and bathroom breaks.
  • Never leave your animal unattended in a parked car, even “for a minute.”  Even a cool breezy spring day can heat up a car quickly.

If you notice an animal left alone in a parked car, contact your local law enforcement agency (911) or Metro at 299-PETS (if you are within our seven cities).