Keep pets cool!
Clackamas County Dog Shelter Supervisor Tamara Moxon asks people to be especially careful to keep their pets cool during hot weather. Moxon advises, “Dogs and cats don’t sweat like people do. They eliminate heat through their mouth (by panting) and the pads of their feet, and can overheat quickly.”
Never leave a pet in a parked car, which is especially dangerous in the summer, even for a short time. Even with outside temperatures as low as 72 degrees, a car's interior temperature can increase an average of 40 degrees within an hour.
Suggestions for keeping pets safe on hot days:
- Never leave a pet in a parked car on a hot day. Temperatures inside a car can soar quickly to dangerous levels even if the outside temperature is in the 70s.
- Leave your pet at home during warm or hot weather.
- Be sure your pet has access to shade or a cool room, and to cool drinking water.
- Walk your dog early or late in the day to avoid the risk of heatstroke and also to help prevent burns on the dog’s paw pads. (Keep in mind that if a surface is too hot for you to walk on it barefoot, it’s also too hot for your pet.)
- Prevent sunburn by keeping your pet out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and rubbing sun block (that is approved for use on pets) on unprotected areas such as skin around lips, tips of noses and ears.
- Watch for heatstroke – heavy panting, staring, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, collapse and disobedience. If heatstroke is suspected, call a veterinarian immediately and apply water-soaked towels to hairless areas of the animal’s body to lower its temperature.
See the current issue of Dog Notes newsletter.
Barking dogs a problem? Check out these helpful links!
- New Program to Address Complaints about Barking Dogs effective Jan. 8, 2015
- Is Barking a Problem?
- How to Get Dogs to Stop Barking in 9 Steps
- How to Stop Unwanted Barking
- Barking (ASPCA)
Clackamas County Dog Services
We provide shelter, medical care and support to Clackamas County dogs in need and a wide variety of related services to the community, including:
- Licensing dogs
- Adoptions of amazing dogs
- Lost and found dogs
- Ongoing support to adopters
- Dog safety & bite prevention presentations
- Humane and responsible pet ownership education
- Sick, injured and emergency dog rescue
- Protective custody for pets
- Dog bite investigations
- Quarantine of dogs that have bitten and are not rabies vaccinated
- Removal of vicious or feral dogs
- Pick up of dead dogs
- Inspection of dog kennels
- Serving notices of infraction and citation
Communities We Serve
We provide all dog-related services (including licensing, sheltering and complaint service response) for the following areas of Clackamas County:
- Oregon City
- All of unincorporated Clackamas County
We provide dog licensing and sheltering for the cities of:
CCDS provides dog sheltering services for the cities of:
Clackamas County Dog Services is a founding partner of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland
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