EUGENE, Ore. -- As temperatures climb, officials at Eugene Animal Services are urging everyone to avoid leaving pets inside a hot car.
Officials said temperatures can quickly rise inside a vehicle, causing your dog to experience heat stroke or brain damage.
Symptoms can include restlessness, heavy panting, sluggishness and vomiting.
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"Dogs don't have efficient cooling systems," veterinarian Judy Schroeder said. "They don't sweat. That means the only way they can blow off heat is through panting. Dogs that have the short snout -- they are at the risk for heat stroke even under conditions where another dog might not be."
Under law, all animals must have access to water, and they can't be in an area where the temperatures are too high.
Officers carry digital thermometers and can check the temperatures inside vehicles.
"It's dangerous to them. This weather is scary. We've got our climate change," Eugene resident Amy Palatnick said. "It's hotter than it used to be too. I don't think dogs should be in hot cars."
It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside of a car to rise.
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