Hot dogs not cool in the summer
May 4, 2013
With temperatures expected to top out near 80 degrees this weekend, Regional
Animal Services of King County wants to remind pet owners to keep their furry
friends safe and cool as we head toward summer.
Because animals can’t sweat like humans, they are more likely to overheat,
especially when the temperature rises above 70 degrees, according to a press
release from the Regional Animal Services of King County.
Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets, and shade from the
sun. Your pet’s paws can be burned when walking on hot pavement, and the skin
on a dog’s nose can sunburn.
On hot days, limit exercise to early morning or late evening hours. Another danger
is leaving pets in a vehicle. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can
quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals
left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can easily get very sick. In warm
weather, leave your pets at home instead of taking them with you on errands.
For additional warm weather precautions, consult your pet’s veterinarian.