Heat Warning

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.

Safety Tips

  • 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.