The Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) would like to offer guidance on keeping your pet safe as temperatures exceed 90 degrees in the high desert.
The best place for your pet is inside a safe, cool home.
Dogs and cats cannot cool their body temperature as effectively as humans.
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- If your pet is outside during the day, remember to protect yourself from the sun and have plenty of cool, fresh water. Remember that older, short-muzzled, overweight dogs are more likely to overheat in hot weather. You can provide a paddling pool to help with cooling.
- Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake. The temperature inside a car can reach over 100 degrees in minutes. Even partially open windows will not protect your pet from heatstroke.
- Exercise your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures and pavement are cool. The paw pads can be injured by hot pavement and melted tar can stick to the pad and hair. Pets need exercise, but do so during the cooler hours of the day. Press your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds, and if it’s not tolerable for you, it’s too hot for your pets. Hiking trails and dirt also retain heat.
- Dogs in truck beds can suffer injury or heat stroke. Vets are all too familiar with dogs that have fallen off the bed of a truck, resulting in seriously injured dogs or motor vehicle accidents caused by people swerving to avoid the dog. . If you can’t touch the hot truck bed with your bare hand, your dog shouldn’t be on the hot metal. Road debris damages the eyes.
“Each year, the Humane Society of Central Oregon warns people to keep their pets safe from the dangers of hot weather,” says Lynne Ouchida, community outreach manager. “Unfortunately, every year we hear of pets suffering needless heatstroke. When the summer heat hits, Bend City Animal Control gets four to eight calls a day about dogs being left in hot cars.
The Humane Society of Central Oregon has posters available for businesses and car windshield flyers that educate people about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars..
The educational pamphlets list the warning signs of a pet suffering from heat exhaustion or a stroke.
The Humane Society of Central Oregon is located one mile south of Reed Market Road at 27e Bend Street.
The refuge is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call the Humane Society of Central Oregon at 541.382.3537 or visit hsco.org.