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Hoover Dam Police Department

Pet Safety Tips

If you see an animal in a car or anywhere around the dam exhibiting any signs of heat stress or illness, call the Hoover Dam Police Department immediately at
702-494-2411, or contact the nearest Dam employee.

Most people like to get out with family and friends (and likely a pet or two) to enjoy recreational activities, and one of the stops on their travels may be at Hoover Dam. To ensure the fun isn't spoiled by an injury to your pet, here are a few tips to keep in mind as you visit the dam:

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 160° F in a matter of minutes -- even with the car windows partially open or when parked in the shade. These conditions can kill a pet in less than 10 minutes. The seemingly mild days of spring and fall can pose great danger, too.

Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures. If your pet is exposed to high temperatures:

  1. Be alert to the signs of heat stress -- heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue.
  2. If your pet becomes overheated, you must lower its body temperature immediately.
  3. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool, not cold, water all over the body to gradually lower its temperature.
  4. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet's head, neck, and chest only.
  5. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
  6. Finally, take your pet directly to a veterinarian -- it could save your pet's life.

Always carry a gallon of fresh water when traveling with your pet.

When the temperature is very high, donít let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. If you have to let your dog out of your vehicle while you're at the dam, keep walks around the parking lots to a minimum during these times. Also, steer clear of areas where coolant or other automotive fluids have leaked from vehicles. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste, and ingesting just a small amount can be fatal.

Keep in mind these few simple tips to ensure you -- and your pets -- enjoy your travels across Hoover Dam.

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Updated: July 2008