NY SPCA official warns that heat can affect pets

June 9, 2011 3:57:00 AM PDT
The "dog days" of summer aren't even here yet. But officials are reminding pet owners to take care of their animals as the region copes with its first burst of 90-degree temperatures.

Roy Gross, who's chief of the Suffolk County SPCA, says pet owners should never leave their animals unattended in a parked car for any period of time, even with the car windows partially open.

He says temperatures can reach dangerous levels of 120 degrees in just a matter of minutes.

He also warns against letting dogs ride in pick-up truck beds because the hot metal can burn their paws.

Gross says to be alert for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, lack of coordination, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue.