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City of Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Police Department
  July 17, 2012

KEEP YOUR PETS COOL THIS SUMMER

The temperature is rising in Rancho Cordova and with it, the risk of heatstroke for your pets. Learn what you can do to keep your furry friends cool this summer.

  • Hydrate your pets with cool, clean water. Place outdoor water dishes in shady areas.
  • Do not leave pets in a parked vehicle even with a cracked window. Dr. Kristan Bonnett from the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center says to “leave your dogs at home on hotter days even if you plan on being gone for a short time. The temperature in your car can rise quickly on sunny days to 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit. Animals can quickly succumb to heat stroke.”
  • If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pets’ feet, too.
  • Know the warning signs of heatstroke including heavy panting, red gums and tongue, and lethargy.
  • If you see a pet in a hot car:
    • Record information about the vehicle (make, model, color and license plate number).
    • Call Rancho Cordova Animal Services 24-hour line at (916) 851-8852.
    • If possible, stay with the vehicle until help arrives.