The Animal Control Division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reminds the public that it is dangerous to leave dogs and pets in your vehicle on hot days. A 75 degree outside temperature can climb to 100 degrees in only 10 minutes. A 100 degree outside temperature can increase to a 140 degree inside temperature in 15 minutes. The best plan is to leave your pets home or someplace cool rather than taking them in a vehicle. Never leave a dog unattended in a car during hot weather.
Dogs can only cool down by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. If you must travel with a dog during hot weather, always make sure they have access to fresh, cool water, shade (no direct sunlight) and air conditioning.
Warning signs for an overheated pet include:
More severe symptoms could include seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and a body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces like Pugs and Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can't pant effectively.
For more information, contact Animal Control at 402-441-7900 or visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: Animal Control).