Keep your pets safe in summer heat

Keep your pets safe in summer heat

We all want to spend time outdoors with our pets, but this extreme heat can take a toll on our four-legged friends.

"We see a lot of pets this time of year that aren't used to the heat going outside that are at risk for heat stroke or heat stress,” said Sheila Erickson, owner of Horse Haven Hills Pet Urgent Care.

On an 86 degree day, according to an infrared temperature gun, the pavement was 112 degrees.

"You need to be really aware of the weather conditions and just be really cautious anytime you are considering taking your pet outside when it gets really hot this time of year,” Erickson said.

When pavement gets too hot your pet could develop painful blisters on their paws, Erickson said.

"It's sad when pet owners don't care for their pets because they need you,” pet owner Katy Koelzer said.

Erikson said an easy way to tell if the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws is to put the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your dog.

Vets recommend keeping your dog hydrated and letting them cool off in water.

And if you think it might be too hot outside... "Leave them inside, don't bring them places,” said dog owner Kristen Livieratos. “It's not safe right now."

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