Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reminds residents to keep
all family members, including pets, safe during high temperatures.
According to Margaret Lee, Shelter Veterinarian for LBACS, families
should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and
safe during the heat: Adjust exercise routines.
Walk dogs early in the morning or late in day when
temperatures are cooler. Shorten walks if necessary, and avoid runs
on hot days – dogs will keep running even if they are
overheating. Cats tend to restrict their own activity in the heat
better than dogs.Remove clothing from pets.
Sweaters and other clothing on pets during hot weather
will trap excessive heat and may contribute to overheating. The
ideal temperature for cats and dogs is between 60-80 degrees. Dogs
and cats cool themselves by panting and do not have sweat glands on
their skin (only on their paw pads). Cats do not pant under normal
circumstances – if your cat is panting, he/she may be
extremely overheated or stressed and immediate action should be
taken.Be cautious when walking your dog on pavement and at the
The hot pavement and sand can burn and blister your dog's
paws, just as it would your own. Asphalt temperatures can reach 160
degrees. Keep dogs on lawns, or have them wear booties if they will
be on asphalt or on sand.Make sure your pet has plenty of access to shade and clean
water when outdoors
.Never leave your pet unsupervised in a car.
The temperature inside a parked car can reach 200 degrees
and higher within a matter of minutes, even with the windows open.
Please contact Animal Care Services to report an animal that is
locked inside a parked car.Make arrangements for pet care if you will be out of
Ensure the care of your pet by providing proper nutrition,
appropriate care and a secure environment. All pets in Long Beach
are required by law to be licensed. One of the benefits to
licensing is the vacation pet alert. Before leaving town, pet
owners with a current license may call 562-570-PETS to register
where and with whom their pet will stay with while they are gone,
and ensure that they are returned home in case they get lost.
Make sure your pet wears proper identification.
Licensing and microchipping pets greatly increases the
chances of reuniting a lost pet with its owner. For information or
assistance with dog licensing, Long Beach Animal Care Services at
562.570.7387 or visit www.longbeach.gov/acs
. Know the Warning Signs.
Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting
or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate,
drooling, weakness, or even collapse. They can also include
seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body
temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs
and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they
cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the
overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept
cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible. Know the number of the emergency veterinary hospitals in
Take a few minutes to drive by your local emergency
veterinary hospital so you can be sure you can find it an emergency
when you may not be thinking as clearly as on an ordinary day.
The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services is to make Long Beach
the safest large city in California for people and animals through
the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. LBACS
serves 600,000 residents and pets in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal
Beach, Los Alamitos and Signal Hill.
Animal Care Services is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion
Animal Village at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The
Village is open Wednesday through Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm, Saturday
and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm and is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and