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).