Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Summer Heat
While we are protecting ourselves from this summer’s above average temperatures, also keep in mind precautions for our four legged friends. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has provided the following tips to keep our pets safe through the summer heat.
- Do not leave pets in a car – temperatures can reach to over 120 degrees in less than 10 minutes, exposing them to heat stroke
- Make sure to have ample sources of water for both drinking and to splash around in
- Keep sick, elderly or overweight pets inside
- Avoid strenuous exercise – when walking your dog, try to avoid the hottest part of the day between 12 and 4 PM
- Take care when leaving a pet in a home without air conditioning – if you can, put them in a basement where it tends to be cooler and use fans to circulate the air