PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When the sun is shining, temperatures are rising, and humidity is rising, it is time to take the necessary steps to protect your pet!
Experts from the Humane Society of the United States have a list of tips to keep you safe.
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They say limit movement and take your pets with you before the sun rises or sets.
Because on a 90-degree day, the sidewalk can reach 150 degrees and your paws can be burned.
A veterinarian recommends touching the sidewalk with your hand first to feel how hot it is, or better yet, walking your pet on the grass.
“We had a dog that broke away from its owner, and when they captured the dog, all of their paws were blistered and torn and sore from walking on asphalt,” said Julia Armstrong, veterinarian at Bruceville Pet Hospital.
If you need to take your pet outside, watch out for signs of heat stroke.
According to humane society, these include heavy wheezing, glassy eyes, difficulty breathing, racing heart, dizziness and excessive thirst.
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If your pet has these symptoms, act quickly – move your pet to a cool area, provide water, and take them to the vet.
The animals most at risk were very old, very young, obese, or sick animals.
If you are thinking of leaving your pet in the car, don’t.
Humane society says that it doesn’t have to be warm outside for the car to get dangerously hot inside.
They say that even at 80 degrees, your car can heat up to 99 degrees in just 10 minutes.
Every time you see a pet in a hot vehicle, try to find the owner or call the police.
According to the law, officials can break in to save an animal.
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While you and your pet move around during the heat, stay hydrated and in the shade as much as possible.