Don’t Let Your Dog Out In Summer Heat And Six Other Pet Care Tips

By Blakely McHugh

PHOENIX – Summer’s scorching temperatures can be especially dangerous for animals. Local animal advocates share 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 they’ll need
If your pets are left outside, make sure they have plenty of water. You want to have spill proof plastic water bowls — metal heats water — that match the size of the animal.

“When pets get overheated the first thing they’re going to try to do is get into that water to cool down the pads of their feet and often times spill it,” said Bretta Nelson, spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society.

Make sure there’s shade
Make sure there is a shaded, ventilated area that your pet can go to to get out of the sun.

Never chain your animal
Dogs tend to get wrapped up in their chain and it prevents them from reaching water or getting to a shaded area.

Don’t leave them in cars
Mark Smith, an emergency animal medical technician said it’s better to leave your pet at home instead of taking them to the store or other places where animals aren’t allowed.

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

Test the ground temperature
Before walking your pet outside, test how hot the ground is by holding your hand to the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for your pets.

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  1. Coyotes also only live 6-8 years. Dogs aren’t coyotes anymore than people are chimpanzees with perhaps the exception of you. Coyotes den up in cool underground lairs, as does a tortoise, during the hot days and are active at night.

    I’m impressed you’re so macho with your dogs.

    • They’ve known anything different, so to them it’s normal. Now when I see a horse in a open pin without any shade, I think the sentence should be for the owner to stand out in the sun all day without any shade until they get it. My dogs aren’t mistreated, they’re just not treated to AC. Besides I’m at work. Thanks for chimp comparison, I’ll fondly think of a donkey whenever I see your future post.

  2. How dogs ever survived before the invention of indoor climate control is becoming worthy of serious scientific investigation under such thinking.
    My outdoor dogs have ample shade with multiple ceiling fans from a large covered patio, a large basin of fresh drinking water which I change ever morning. They live the life of outdoor luxury compared to their wild cousins the coyote.
    I work outside in the heat everyday, it’s just something you get used to. I don’t have AC in my work truck. So I honestly have little pity for those “suffering” without AC.
    And sorry, but the dogs aren’t coming in the house.

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