County Dog Services promotes tips on keeping pets cool and safe

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

With temperatures rising, Clackamas County Dog Services is advising all residents to be aware of the importance of keeping their pets cool.

Dog Services Shelter Supervisor Tamara Moxon states "It's essential to remember that 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."

To keep pets safe on hot days:

  • Never leave a pet in a parked car. 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.
  • Prevent sunburn by keeping your pet out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and applying pet-approved sunblock on unprotected areas.
  • Watch for heatstroke! Heavy panting, staring, high fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, collapse and disobedience are signs of heatstroke. If suspected, call a veterinarian immediately and apply water-soaked towels to hairless areas of the animal's body to lower its temperature.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Sarah Holcombe at 503-722-6729.