On an average summer day, temperatures can reach as high as 160 degrees inside a vehicle parked in the sun. Even in the shade, vehicle interiors can reach high temperatures.
Pets don't sweat like people do. They cool themselves through their lungs by panting.
A pet's heart and lungs can be permanently damaged by excessive heat and humidity. When air becomes too hot, brain damage and death can result.
- If you must take your pet along in the car, have another person stay with your pet while you are gone.
- Ask that person to take the animal for a walk or rest in the shade.
- Provide fresh, cool water to drink.
Act immediately if you see an animal enclosed in a car during the day. Call the Volusia County emergency dispatch center at (386) 248-1777.