Pet safety

Summer safety tips

Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to 100 degrees or more. Be kind and leave your pets at home in warm weather!

How hot is the inside of your vehicle?

Leaving your pet in a hot car can lead to heat stroke, suffocation, brain damage, and death. A slightly opened window is not enough.

If you see an animal in distress inside a vehicle, immediately call Animal Control at 564.397.2488 or 3-1-1 (non-emergency). Note the make, model and license number and go into the nearest place of business and ask that an emergency announcement be made. Stay with the animal until someone arrives.

Five alternatives to leaving your pet in the car

  1. Use the drive-through for errands when available
  2. Bring a friend who can play with your pet outside while you run your errand
  3. Shop at pet friendly stores where your pet is welcome to come in with you
  4. Eat at a restaurant with a permitted dog-friendly outdoor dining area
  5. Leave your pet at home where it’s cool and safe
chart showing temperatures outside and inside a vehicle. Also indicates average length of time for the temperature to rise.
Dog in a vehicle looking out the back window

Is it too hot for your pet's paws?

Check the asphalt before walking your pet. Press the back of your hand to the asphalt. If you are unable to keep it there for 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your pet’s feet.

If your pet is exposed to high temperatures:

Look for signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gate, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.

If your pet is overheated:

  1. Move your pet to a cooler area
  2. Gradually lower temperature by sprinkling with cool water
  3. Place cool, wet towels on the back of its neck, underarms, and groin area
  4. Offer cool water to drink
  5. Take your pet to your veterinarian immediately

Sources:

www.humanesociety.org/resources/keep-pets-safe-heat
www.petfinder.com/SummerPetSafety

chart showing air temperature and average asphalt temperature

Corgy puppy hiding under the bad

Independence Day pet safety tips

Fireworks are anything but fun for pets. The loud noises can cause severe anxiety and stress in cats, dogs, small animals, and horses. There are simple things you can do to help your pet deal with fireworks. By preparing in advance before fireworks start, your pet will be better able to cope with the noises.

  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  • Walk dogs during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • A collar and tag with contact information, along with your pet license tag can help your pet be returned to you more easily should the worst happen. Dogs and cats in Clark County require annual licensing. Renew or purchase your new pet license.
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • Put on some music or TV to mask the fireworks sounds.
  • Partially cover small animal enclosures and provide bedding they can burrow in.

For more information, visit www.aspca.org/news/fireworks-and-your-pet-tips-staying-safe-fourth-july