PATERSON, NJ - Paterson Animal Control Officer John DeCando has advised residents against leaving their pets in a parked car, especially with temperatures expected to hover around 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Saying that the temperatures inside a care can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows left open, DeCando warned that “a pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heat stroke when trapped in these high temperatures.”

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People often take their pets with them because they like the companionship, DeCando said, but “too often leave their pets in a parked car only to be devastated when they return to find their pets in extreme stress, or, even worse, dead.”

Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering galt, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue are all signs a pet may be in heat stress, DeCando offered, adding these steps if a pet does become overheated:

  1. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over the body to gradually lower the temperature.

  2. Apply ice packs or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.

  3. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.

  4. Take your pet to a veterinarian.


Additionally, DeCando advised against walkng dogs on hot asphalt as it can cause painful injuries to their paws.


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