YAKIMA Wa. — With temperatures rising this weekend people aren’t the only ones effected, your pets can suffer from the heat as well.
The Yakima Humane Society or YHS is recommending people avoid exposing their pets to high temperatures.
Last weekend, a woman left her dog inside a car with the windows shut during the Folklife Festival.
Animal Control along with leaders from the festival found the owner who then released the dog from the car.
Communication and Development Director for YHS Ashley Plaisance says leaving your pets trapped in extreme heat can be dangerous because temperatures inside cars can rise quickly.
“Temperatures can rise anywhere from 20 to 50 degrees and they can rise to 20 degrees higher in a matter of 10 minutes,” said Plaisance.
Plaisance says people who leave their dogs inside a car can get fined for up to $500.
Medical Director of YHS Jennifer Fitzpatrick says dogs don’t perspire like humans, so extreme heat can cause a dog to get a heat stroke.
“So heat stroke often first presents with agitation, high heart rate, and high respiratory rate but quickly that can become a deep state of depression, they will get very sleepy, even passing out and even having seizures,” said Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick says even walking your dog when it is hot outside can cause damage to your pets paws, so testing the floors temperature first can help.
“Use the flat of your hand, hold it there for five to 10 seconds, if its uncomfortable for you, its going to be uncomfortable for them,” said Fitzpatrick.
The Yakima Humane Society recommends people leave their fur babies at home with the air conditioner on during these high temperatures, and only walk them in the mornings or at night.
YHS also says people should be giving their pets plenty of water and shade, and seek medical attention if needed.
For more information you can head over to the Yakima Humane Society website.