Summer Pet Safety

Even on overcast days, the temperature in a closed car rises rapidly. Use the chart below to see how quickly the inside of your car can become a dangerous environment for your beloved pet. Heat stroke is a high-risk, emergency medical condition that requires immediate veterinary attention. Parking in the shade and leaving your windows cracked has little impact on the temperatures in your car.

If you see an animal alone in a dangerously hot vehicle, first attempt to find the owner. If unsuccessful, call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number to reach animal control:

  • Corvallis: 541-766-6924
  • Benton County: 541-766-6858.



It is also important to consider the effects of warm weather on your pet when taking walks or enjoying the outdoors. Pets who spend time alone outside should be provided with a shaded area to escape the sun, and plenty of fresh water (also in the shade). When taking a walk, aim for the cooler parts of the day (morning and evening), and remember that if the asphalt is hot enough to hurt your feet, it can hurt your pet’s feet, too. Bring water and a collapsible bowl with you on walks and pay attention to signs of overheating like panting or lethargy.


Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Unsteadiness
  • Drooling
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Bright red, dark red (or purple) gums and tongue
    • Because the natural colors of these tissues can vary, the most important thing to look for is a change in appearance


Heat stroke can happen in as little as 15 minutes. Help us spread the word:

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