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How to Keep Your Pets Safe this Summer

We all take extra precautions during the summer, from wearing the right footwear to packing ice-cold water. The same caution should extend to your furry friends. The temperature of asphalt can be 40 to 60 degrees higher than the temperature of air. With temperatures over 100 degrees in the Valley, your pup’s paws are at risk.

Whether you’re going on a short walk, running errands about town or spending time outside, Kimberly Vermillion, director of marketing and communications at Phoenix-based Arizona Animal Welfare League, has a few tips for keeping your pet safe during the summer.

Stay Indoors as Much as Possible

With the hustle and bustle of summer plans, it may be hard to stay inside. However, with extreme temperatures, keeping your pet in an air-conditioned environment can prevent heat stroke. We recommend keeping your pet in a cool, air-conditioned environment during the day, and never leaving them outside for long durations.

Provide Shade and Water

When spending time outside for small durations, having access to shade and fresh water is essential. Ensure your pet has readily available access to shaded areas and plenty of fresh water.

Plan Your Walk Accordingly

A pup’s favorite part of the day may be their walks and, while it can be harder to walk them in the summer heat, consider walking them early morning or late at night to stay safe from harsh rays. If the concrete is too hot, it may hurt the pup’s paw pads.

Never Leave Your Pets in The Car

Never leave your pet in a parked car, even if the car is on. Temperatures can exceed 120 degrees on a hot day in a matter of minutes. Pets can suffer brain damage, suffocation and death. If you see a pet locked in a car, report it. Go to the nearest shop to the car that’s parked and have them make an announcement. You can also call the local non-emergency police line.

Stay Alert for Signs of Heat Stroke

No matter what precautions you take, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs of heat stroke. Symptoms include excessive panting with an increase heart rate, disorientation, bright red gums, vomiting and disorientation which can lead to seizures and collapsing.

The Arizona heat can make it hard to keep yourself and pet safe but following these steps will make it easier to ensure your pups safety. For more tips and information, visit aawl.org.

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