Keep Your Pets Safe & Cool This Summer
As the weather warms up, HSLM reminds pets owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Pets have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. Signs of distress can include vomiting, excessive drooling, convulsions, exaggerated panting (or completely stopped panting).
Pet owners should also be vigilant during walks throughout the Summer. Pets require access to fresh water during hot weather and owners should opt for shorter, more frequent walks. It is also recommended to avoid asphalt on hot days to prevent potential burns to the pads of their paws.
If you see an animal left in a hot vehicle, call 911.