MONTEREY COUNTY — Temperatures in Monterey County are expected to be very hot today and through the next few days. SPCA Monterey County advises pet owners that high temperatures can be dangerous for pets, especially since pets are not acclimated to this sudden weather change.
Pets should be kept indoors or be provided with ample shaded areas. Fresh water must be available at all times.
Children and pets should not be left unattended in enclosed vehicles. On a warm day, a parked car’s interior can reach over 120 degrees in less than five minutes, even with the windows partially open, causing brain damage or death.
It is important to keep in mind that conditions in the area change constantly. A shady spot on a foggy day can quickly transition to direct, hot sunlight. California Penal Code section 597.7 prohibits leaving an animal in an unattended motor vehicle under “circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”
If you see a pet in distress, call the SPCA or 911.
“Animals left at home outdoors must have access to shade and ample fresh drinking water. When in doubt, leave your pet indoors. Remember: what is hot to you is also hot to your pet,” according to SPCA.
Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or possible heat stroke. Symptoms of heatstroke include lethargy, heavy panting, convulsions, vomiting, lack of coordination, collapse, coma or death. If a pet exhibits symptoms of heatstroke, immediately move them to a cool area and seek emergency veterinary treatment.
For more information on how to keep pets safe during hot weather, contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631 or visit SPCAmc.org/hot.