Concern for Pets Rises with Warm Temperatures
They can handle the heat to a certain degree, but for many pets, a quick trip to the store or bank can feel a lot longer, according to Dr. David Cloutier of the Veazie Veterinary Clinic.”They can’t roll down the window, they can’t get out of the car. As the temperature rises in the car, they start to overheat. Once their body temperature hits 104, 105 they start to have some damage to internal organs, and can actually become sick enough that they can die in the car,” said Cloutier.The cases are rare here, but the spike in temperature has caused a surge in calls to the Bangor Police Department. “We’re getting them every day,” said Sgt. Paul Edwards.Edwards said there’s been growing concern by people who’ve spotted dogs left alone in cars, but they’re not all necessarily emergencies.”The key word is distress. We would urge you to call if you think an animal is in distress, and how you tell that could be many factors. If the dog is panting a lot, drooling, trying to get out of the window, barking a lot,” said Edwards.In those cases, an officer would most likely dole out a warning, but it could be worse.”There are some criminal penalties depending on if the dog is really hurt or injured,” said Edwards.His advice to pet owners is to keep your animals cool at home, if you’re planning on heading out on a hot day.