How to keep furry friends safe from the sun, heat during the summer months

Health

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As the summer season begins, it’s important to keep your furry friends safe while having fun in the sun.

The ASPCA has a few tips for keeping your pets happy and healthy during the hottest months of the year:

  • Have plenty of fresh and clean water on hand, especially on a hot or humid day. Just like humans, pets can get dehydrated quickly.
  • When playing outside, make sure to find a shady place to cool down and relax.
  • Keep your pet inside when it’s extremely hot, but if you need to take them outside, only go on short walks.
  • Don’t over-exercise your pet.
  • Remember, asphalt can get hot and your pet’s paws are sensitive. Before going on a walk, touch the asphalt with your bare hand for at least 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, then it’s too hot for your pet.
  • Know the signs of an overheated pet, such as excessive panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, or vomiting. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, get them to a cool place immediately; place cool or wet cloths on their neck, under their armpits, or behind their hind legs; give them cool water; and call your vet if necessary.
  • Never leave your pet in a car on a hot day.

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