When temperatures and heat index soars pet owners are
advised to take special precautions to keep pets safe.
High temperatures can be deadly for pets left without a
cool, shady place to rest and plenty of water.
To report an animal in heat-related jeopardy, call -
Douglas County Animal Control - (541) 440-4328 or click
o Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the
temperature is more than 70 degrees. When itís 72 degrees outside, a carís temperature can rocket to 116
degrees, even with the windows cracked. When it is 85
degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar
to 120 degrees in minutes. Leaving a pet in a hot,
unattended car is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe
injury or even death within minutes.
o Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an
unattended car. Call the local police and Douglas County
Animal Control. A pet showing signs of distress such as
heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or
collapse needs IMMEDIATE attention.
o Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean
water at all times. Secure plastic water bowls, never
metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip
them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the
water bowls inside.
o Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times
of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you
leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the
day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the
o If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water
breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt
and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on
your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your
dog at home.
o Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke
and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly
in hot weather.
o When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.
o If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion
(excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), right
away begin applying cold water to your pet's
extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!
o During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure
your pet is tested by a veterinarian for heartworm
disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease)
and begin heartworm prevention medication.
IF YOUR DOG DOES BECOME
OVERHEATED, GET HIM INTO THE SHADE AND TAKE THESE
o Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and
o Don't give an unlimited amount of cold water, Let him
lick ice cubes or even ice cream.
GET THE DOG TO A VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY, IT COULD
SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE!
The penalty in Douglas
County for leaving a pet in a hot car is
$6,250.00 PLUS jail time.
It is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Let's keep our pets safe this summer
and also watch out for those that may be neglected.