Summer Heat Warning!
Hot weather poses many dangers to pets, including hyperthermia or heat stroke. Heat stroke most often occurs because a pet is left in a parked car, isn't provided with adequate shade and water, or is allowed to exercise too strenuously in hot weather. Follow these tips to keep your pet safe this summer:
- NEVER leave your pet in a car. Even with the windows cracked or parked in the shade, the inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in minutes!
- Dogs often don't know when to quit while they're having fun - it's our responsibility to limit their play in hot weather. Walk them only during cooler hours of the day.
- Don't allow pets to walk on hot pavement where their feet can be burned.
- Keep pets indoors during extreme heat. If they must be outdoors, be sure they are completely under shade.
- Pets require more water to stay cool in summer. Keep water dishes full, fresh, and in the shade.
- DON'T shave your pet's coat except for medical reasons. Your pet sheds its warm undercoat as temperatures rise, and its remaining outer coat protects its skin from the sun, insects, and dehydration.
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