Summer Safety Reminders For Pets

‘Tis the Season to Share Important Safety Reminders for Pets!
·          Summertime, Summertime!
Hot temperatures & summer activities can be harmful
   and stressful to pets!
·         Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitos Oh My!
Tips to make sure pets have a healthy and safe summer!
·         Too Hot!
What to do if you see an animal left unattended in a parked vehicle!
Demonstration by Animal Care & Control Officer.
What:   Summer Pet Safety Media Day
When:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Where: Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division
Front Parking Lot
            8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28217
Time:    1:30 p.m.
Charlotte, NC – June 20, 2017, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Division (AC&C) is reminding pet owners that it is once again the time of year we hear fireworks, thunderstorms and experience hot temperatures!  Please be mindful how this affects your pets as summer thunderstorms and heat waves roll through our region. 
Each year AC&C responds to numerous calls for service for animals left inside vehicles.
All AC&C officers are carrying infra-red thermometers and once they have access to the vehicle will measure the temperature inside.  If an animal is found inside of a vehicle and is in distress, officers are able to break the window in order to gain entry to help the animal.  Animal cruelty citations can be issued if the totality of the incident warrants.
What do I do if I see an animal left in a vehicle?
If the animal is not responsive, call 911 immediately, they will send CMPD officers and Animal Care & Control. 

If the animal is not in distress and is responsive to you, call 311 and it will be entered as a priority call for Animal Care & Control.
“Run Forrest Run!”:
Animals may RUN at the sound of fireworks, the crack of lightning and the clap of thunder…
“Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises according to recent survey findings.”

For animals that are afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms Animal Care & Control advises that you secure your pet in an area of your home where it feels safe and secure.  This will help avoid unnecessary stress on your pet or possible injury and accidental escape. 
  • If your pet is upset by a door slamming or other loud noises consider consulting with your vet for a type of sedative.
  • Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed or consumed.
  • Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide your pet companionship.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification and microchipped so they can be returned if they do get lost. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the Animal Care & Control at 8315 Byrum Drive in Charlotte, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Animal Care & Control recommends microchipping your pet.  It’s permanent identification for your pet.  All of our AC&C Officers are equipped with microchip scanners and every animal that is picked up is immediately scanned for a microchip.  If a chip is located the animal can be returned home immediately, without having to come to the shelter.  Animal Care & Control also strongly recommends everyone who has a pet that’s microchipped to register your pet in our local database for FREE.
To register online go to: 
Lastly, to look for a lost pet, first check the lost pets section on our website.  We also suggest coming to the shelter to walk through our stray kennels.
“Walking on Sunshine!”:
Hot weather can be deadly for your pets.  In daily activities or when vacationing with Fido, remember to protect them from the summer heat!
  • Walk or exercise your pets in the early morning or late evening.
  • Carry water and a portable water bowl and offer frequent water breaks.
  • Monitor them frequently as you are walking and cut back the level and length of time you are exercising them. 
  • Be mindful of the humidity as it also makes it harder for pets to breath.
  • Certain breeds are more susceptible to having breathing issues. (Brachycephalic or dogs with short snouts)
    • Pugs
    • Boxers
    • Bulldogs
    • Boston Terriers
    • Pekingese
    • Shar pei
    • Shih Tzu
  • When walking dogs, do not let your dog stand on hot asphalt, pavement or sand.  Paw pads are sensitive and will burn easily.  If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for paw pads!
  • Never leave pet in vehicle, even if you are just running into the store for a minute.
  • Parking in the shade does not help.
·         In extreme temperatures, bring pets inside.
·         Provide plenty of fresh, cold water.
  • Provide shade and shelter such as a dog house or dog igloo.
  • Allow dogs to cool off in a kiddie pool. 
Always use fresh water and empty when finished.
  • It’s Mosquito, Flea & Tick season.  It’s imperative that dogs are on heartworm and flea/tick preventative.
  • Heartworms are very prevalent in this region and are deadly if not treated. 
  • A once a month heartworm pill will save your
dog’s life.
  • Be alert for signs of heat stress.  Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
  • If your pet becomes overheated, (temperature of 103 degrees or higher) you must lower the body temperature immediately
  • Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over the body to gradually lower temperature
  • Apply cool (not ice cold) towels to your pet’s head, neck and chest
  • Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes
  • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian!