During the recent heat wave, Multnomah County Animal Services officers have responded to seven calls of dogs left in vehicles in the heat, said Hank Stern, Multnomah County spokesman.

Here are some tips:

n Never leave an animal behind in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short errand. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, temperatures in an enclosed vehicle can climb by 19 degrees within 10 minutes, and by 43 degrees within an hour.

n Short-haired dogs can get sunburned.

n Dogs left in an uncovered pickup bed can get burns on the pads of feet due to the hot metal surface.

n Beyond leaving pets at home when going for a drive, it’s also a good idea when it’s hot to make sure your pets have plenty of fresh, clean water, a shady space and a chance to exercise in the cooler morning or evening hours.

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n Warning signs your pet may have a heat-related illness include restlessness, excessive thirst, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, lethargy or lack of appetite, dark tongue, drooling or vomiting, mild weakness or stupor/lack of coordination, seizures and collapse.

If your pet exhibits any of the above signs, immediately immerse or spray the animal with cool running water until its body temperature lowers. Do not use cold water because that could cause shock.

Also give your pet water to drink and consult your veterinarian if additional treatment is needed.

Multnomah County Animal Services is also responsible 24 hours a day to respond to animal emergency calls.

If you see an unaccompanied animal left behind in a car or any other animal emergency, please consult the owner if possible. If that is not an option, please call 9-1-1 or 503-988-7387.

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