Take precautions to keep your pet safe during days of extreme heat

As temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and above this week, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control is urging pet owners to take special precautions to protect their animals. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the heat index could reach 100 degrees or more.

Last year, five dogs in Minneapolis died after being left alone in hot cars for short periods of time.  Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and alive:

•    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 outside or in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress, call Minneapolis Animal Care & Control immediately -- in Minneapolis, dial 311 (612-673-3000).  If you believe the situation is life-threatening, please call 911.

Published Jun. 27, 2012