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Animal Services Media Advisory

Post Date:06/19/2018 12:15 PM
Contact: AnnMarie Breen
Public Information Specialist
Desk: (919) 560-0826
Mobile: (919) 748-1475


Durham, N.C. – Forecasters have predicted extreme heat for central North Carolina this week with feel like temperatures in the 100 plus degree range. Heat can be dangerous for all members of your family, so in addition to keeping yourself and the other humans in your home cool and hydrated, Durham County Sheriff's Office Animal Services wants to remind you to take time to be sure your pets are surviving the summer heat sun as well.
Animals with added risk for heat illness are those that are elderly, have heart and lung disease, are overweight, have flat faces (like Pugs or Persian cats) or have thick/dark coats. 
During days with extreme highs, try and keep these and all pets in an air-conditioned room or in the shade as much as possible.  Be sure to provide plenty of water and don’t let them get too much exercise during the hottest time of day.  
Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat illness in your pet.  Danger signs include any of the following:  

  • excessive panting
  • difficulty breathing
  • increased heart rate
  • drooling
  • weakness or collapse
  • seizures
  • vomiting
  • body temperature over 104 degrees

If your pet has any of these symptoms, move them into the shade or indoors immediately, apply ice packs to head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Provide small sips of water or ice cubes to lick and get to a veterinarian. 
If you see an animal in heat distress in your neighborhood or locked in a vehicle on a hot day, and cannot find the owner, call Durham County Animal Services immediately for help at 919-560-0900.  Our deputies will respond and assist them.  As a reminder, the State of North Carolina does not have a "Good Samaritan" law when it comes to pets, and it is illegal for citizens to break into cars if they believe a pet is in distress. 
If you have any questions about this or the services provided by Durham County Animal Services you can visit our website at or call the non-emergency line at 919-560-0630. 

As a special treat to keep your pets cool you can try making some cold peanut butter “pupsicles”
Try this recipe from the Humane Society
Peanut Butter “Pupsicles”

  • 1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter's label to make sure it doesn't contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)
  • Half a ripe banana, mashed
  • Water as needed

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana.(The water and banana aren't essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)
  2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys.
  4. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight.
    If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer


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