Don’t let your dog out in summer heat and six other pet care tips | Cronkite News

PHOENIX – The scorching summer temperatures can be particularly dangerous for animals. Local animal advocates provide tips on how to care for your pet:

Keep them indoors
The best way to keep your pets cool is to keep them indoors where they won’t overheat.

Provide more water than you think is necessary
If your pets stay outside, make sure they have enough water. You want to have leak-proof plastic water bowls – metal warms water – that are the size of the animal.

“When pets get overheated, the first thing they do is get into this water to cool the pads and spill it often,” said Bretta Nelson, spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society.

Make sure there is shade
Make sure there is a shaded, ventilated area that your pet can go to to escape the sun.

Never chain your animal
Dogs have a tendency to become entangled in their chain and this prevents them from reaching water or getting into a shady area.

Don’t leave them in cars
Emergency animal vet Mark Smith said it was better to leave your pet at home than to take them to the store or other places where pets are not allowed.

Walk your pet at the right time of day
The best times to exercise your pets are early in the morning and late at night when the temperatures are cooler.

Test the floor temperature
Before you take your pet outside, test how hot the floor is by holding your hand on the sidewalk for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pets.

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