It's Hot Outside! - Protect Your Pet! Hot Weather Tips for Pets from MTPD

HOT WEATHER TIPS FOR PETS FROM THE MANHEIM TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT

Pet owners, beware!  In this heat, leaving your pet in the car is dangerous and could result in criminal charges being filed against you.  Although we understand the desire for some pet owners to take their pet for a ride or keep their pet with them at all times, you may actually be doing them harm by taking them along.  Dogs and cats don't sweat like humans do.  On any warm day, the heat will rise inside your car within minutes - sometimes well in excess of 100 degrees - making your car a death trap to your animal.  Studies have found that leaving the windows open does nothing to help.  The best decision is to leave them at home.  In Lancaster County, if you see a pet alone in a car, contact the police by calling (717) 664-1180.

Also remember that just like humans, pets can get dehydrated too.  Be sure that your pet has plenty of water at all times, and if they are outside, they will also need access to shade.

If you think your pet is having a heat-related emergency, contact your vet or a local pet emergency center immediately!

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us