As the temperatures climb so do the risks for pets. This month, Santa Barbara County is expected to have temperatures into the 80s. “This may not seem too significant to some but strenuous exercise, being left in a hot vehicle, or walking on hot pavement can cause a beautiful summer weekend to turn deadly for a family pet,” stated a release from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office. Inside of a hot car, temperatures can jump from 80 degrees to 100 degrees in 10 minutes, and reach close to 115 degrees within 30 minutes, according to the statement.  If the temperature outside is just 77 degrees, the asphalt can be close to 125 degrees.   

County Animal Services recommends owners exercise dogs early in the day or in the evening hours; don’t leave pets in a vehicle, even in the shade with windows down; protect animals from sunburn by ensuring adequate shade or applying a pet safe sunscreen; and provide access to clean cool water at all times.

To report an animal in at-risk conditions during episodes of hot weather, call (805) 681-5285.

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