Hot dogs not cool in the summer

May 7, 2013

By Staff

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.

 

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