Caring for Pets in the Heat (Video)
Heat Index Warning for Pet Owners
When the temperature and the heat index begin to rise, please take precautions to keep your pets safe:
- Keep your pet inside and out of the direct sun.
- Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes -- even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.
If you see an animal in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) immediately -- in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000). If you believe the situation to be life-threatening, please call 911.
In a case where the animal is suffering, limp and lethargic, Animal Control Officers or the Minneapolis Police may break the windows of a vehicle in order to save the animal's life.
Last updated Jul. 9, 2013