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

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


Dog in a vehicle looking out the back window




chart showing temperatures outside and inside a vehicle. Also indicates average length of time for the temperature to rise.




chart showing air temperature and average asphalt temperature