Tips to keep pets safe in the heat

Charleston, S.C (WCBD)– The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for pets and people. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, and that is why it’s so important to keep your four legged friend cool this summer. The Humane Society has great tips to do just that. It’s important to limit your pets activity, provide ample shade, cool your pet inside and out and don’t ever leave your pet in a hot car.

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. On a 90 degree day, you car could reach a temperature well over 130 degrees. According to Peta, animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. You can also cool down your pet by wetting it’s coat. Take a watering hose and spray them down to cool them off fast. Another good idea during the work week is if you live close to home, you can stop by and check on your pet.

Lowcountry Veterinarian Dr. Fuller says, if you see your animal struggling in the heat and becoming lethargic, get them to a vet right away.

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