Protecting your pets from the heat

Sunny summer days can be deadly for pets.

Summer is here and with it comes the triple digit heat. These temperatures and sunny days can be deadly for our furry friends so it’s important to protect them throughout the hottest months of the year.

Heat exhaustion for humans is extremely serious and can lead to death and it has the same effects on pets. A sunny afternoon can quickly be deadly if your dog gets overheated because dogs can't sweat through their skin like us making it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature.

To help protect them your furry friends here are some tips from the ASPCA.

-Always provide proper shade and water.

-Trim long haired dogs but never shave them. They need a coat to help protect their skin.

-Keep them in doors throughout the day if possible or at least during the hottest hours of the day.

-Be careful not to over-exercise and limit exercise to the early morning hours and late evenings.

-Know the signs of heat exhaustion which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling and if they appear mild and weak.

Dogs with flat faces like pugs, elderly and overweight pets are more susceptible to overheating.

If you see a pet who's left in extreme weather without proper shade or water, please call 311 and report it.

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