Protect your Pet Against the Dangers of Extreme Heat

Pets are extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Provide shade and plenty of potable water for your pet to drink and remember to never leave your pet in your car.

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The Dangers of Leaving your Pet in the Car

The inside of a car can heat up to 110° F in 10 minutes on an 80° F day - even with the windows slightly open. Your pet will suffer needlessly and could die as a result of being left in the car, even on a moderately hot day. Please leave your pet at home if the forecast calls for warm weather.

Tips & Treatment for Heat Stress

Symptoms Include:

  • Heavy panting

  • Rapid breathing

  • Staggering

  • Weakness

Animals may collapse if their breathing becomes quiet and their diagnosis may be fatal if not treated immediately.


  • Immediately remove the animal from the hot environment, to a safe shaded place.

  • Place the animal in cool, but not cold water.

  • Accelerate the cooling process by directing a fan towards the animal.

  • As soon as possible, bring the distressed animal to the veterinarian for additional treatment.

 Intervention for an Animal that is not Yours

If you see an animal locked in a car on a hot day:

  • Locate the owner as soon as possible if they are nearby (i.e. in a store parking lot).

  • If you are unable to locate the owner, please call the Boston Police Department at 911 or contact the City of Boston Animal Care & Control Office at 617.635.5348.

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