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It is HOT!

Temperatures in Charlotte are in the 80s and 90s all this week, and with the humidity, it feels even more miserable. But it’s not just us who notice the heat; the heat can actually be very dangerous for your pets too.

Here are some tips to help protect your pets from the summer heat:

  • Don’t leave your pets alone in the car, even for a minute
    • This should be a given, but the heat in a car can be dangerous and even deadly for a dog within a minute of being left in a hot car.
  • If your pet is in the backyard, make sure there is shade, and water available
  • If your pet has heat stroke, it needs IMMEDIATE veterinary assistance.
    • Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and coma
  • Take them on walks early in the morning or late at night when temperatures are not as harsh.
  • Let them dig that hole this time.
    • Dogs dig holes to find cooler ground, so in these summer months, maybe give them a pass on digging.
  • Protect their paws.
    • Asphalt can get dangerously hot. Make sure you’re walking your dog near grass, or if you’re only near asphalt, touch it to make sure it is safe for your pets paws.