SCSO warns on the dangers of leaving pets in your car

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With temperatures soaring and summer fast approaching the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSD) urges pet owners to remember the dangers of leaving pets unattended in parked vehicles, especially during hot days.

Every year, countless pets suffer and tragically die from heatstroke after being left in parked cars.

Even on relatively mild days, the temperature inside a parked car can escalate rapidly, reaching lethal levels within minutes.

Dogs and cats are vulnerable to heatstroke as they are less efficient at cooling themselves down compared to humans.

To prevent incidents of heat-related pet emergencies SCSO offers the following tips:

  •  Never Leave Pets in Parked Cars: Even with the windows cracked open or in the shade, temperatures inside a car can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke and death.
  • Plan Ahead: If you need to run errands or travel with your pet, make arrangements for them to stay home or have someone accompany you who can stay with the pet outside the vehicle.
  •  Be Aware of Signs of Heatstroke: Symptoms of heatstroke in pets include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, seek emergency veterinary care immediately.
  •  Provide Adequate Water and Shade: When spending time outdoors with your pet, ensure they have access to fresh water and shade to prevent dehydration and overheating.
  • Spread Awareness: Educate friends, family, and fellow pet owners about the dangers of  leaving pets in parked cars and encourage responsible pet ownership.

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