PORTLAND – A dog left in a car Wednesday died of heat stroke and animal-lovers are spreading warnings, hoping it won’t happen again.
Veterinarians said sudden temperature changes are common this time of year and create very dangerous conditions for animals.
“What happened today, there was a pet that was left in the car just for a relatively short period of time … not knowing that the car was going to get so hot so quick. It's heartbreaking for us to see cases like this and absolutely devastating for pet owners,” said MeiMei Walker, a vet with Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.
No further details about the dog that died or its owner have been released.
Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs include panting, staring, anxious expressions and refusal to obey commands.
Dogs may also develop a rapid heartbeat and high fever or vomit and collapse.