Summer dangers for pets: high windows, sidewalk, cars

Veterinary clinics in the region are already treating pets for heatstroke and “skyscraper syndrome”

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – High temperatures present many hazards to people and pets, including falling through open windows.

Some Portland-area pets have ended up in animal hospitals with heatstroke. Animals falling through open windows above ground level – this is called “skyscraper syndrome” – are another concern in the sweltering heat.

Vets told KOIN 6 News they have treated dogs and cats that have fallen and sustained injuries ranging from broken bones to concussions. Many are recovering, but others are not.

“Think of your pets as you would a child and remember that they are very small, some of them, so the openings in the windows – if they see a bird flying or a squirrel running around. through the tree, they might get really excited and try to chase it away. So you want to make sure your windows are secure, ”said Dr. Shana O’Marra, chief medical officer at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in northwest Portland.

To prevent the risk of skyscraper syndrome, pet owners are advised to keep windows closed and turn on a fan instead of relying on a mosquito net to keep pets safe inside.

Pets should never be left inside a car on a hot day, even for short periods. Experts say that even with the windows open or the air conditioning on, a vehicle will quickly turn into an oven if exposed to the sun. DoveLewis was treating a dog in critical condition on Thursday who was left in a car with the air conditioning on.

In Oregon, it is legal for a Good Samaritan to break into a car with a child or pet that they believe is in danger. The person should alert the police before or immediately after doing so.

It is also important to protect your pet’s paws when walking in hot weather. If the pavement is too hot to touch for 7-10 seconds with your hand, it means it is hot enough to burn a dog’s paw pads.

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