Heat Wave Endangering Pets

August 9, 2012 | 4:13pm

The County Department of County Animal Services (DAS) warns pet owners their animals could die in this heat wave if they don’t take measures to protect them.

The County Department of County Animal Services (DAS) warns pet owners their animals could die in this heat wave if they don’t take measures to protect them. Animal Control Officers are busy responding to rescue calls ranging from animals left in yards without water and shade to those trapped in hot garages or cars. DAS is also concerned about pet owners who take dogs with them on their runs or hikes in these simmering temperatures.  

“Joggers and hikers are exercising with their dogs in this heat and putting their pets in jeopardy," said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. "If you absolutely must exercise with your pet, do so before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m. But beware. If your dog is not in top “athletic” condition, having him trot beside you early in the morning or in the evening can still be risky with these temperatures.”

To keep your pets safe, DAS recommends:

  • Keep your pets indoors if the temperature is lower inside;
  • Keep your pets' water supply in a tip-proof container, always topped off, and be sure it stays cool (pets    will not drink water that is too hot);
  • Consider a misting system to keep the outdoor areas cooler;
  • Be sure your pet has shade ALL DAY. Remember, the sun's position changes during the day;
  • Do not take your pets for car trips unless absolutely necessary. A car can heat up very quickly. On an 85 degree day, a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and soar upward  --even with the windows down an inch or two;
  • If you exercise with your dog, do so only in the very early morning when the temperature is lower. However, it may be better to leave your dog at home.
  • Don’t take your dogs for walks on the hot pavement. If it is too hot for you to walk barefooted then don’t make your dogs do it either.
  • Consider adding a child's wading pool for your dog. Many dogs will keep cool by "taking a dip."

Following these tips can keep your pet safe and healthy. If you see a pet that is in imminent threat of death or injury, call the DAS emergency number at (619) 236-2341. For non-emergencies, call (619) 767-2675.