Tips on keeping your pet from overheating on hot days
In the Northwest, we wait so long each year to see the sun that when summer does finally come, we want to spend every minute soaking up the rays. But your pet can be a lot more sensitive to the summer heat.
Homeward Pet Adoption Center has these tips for keeping your four-legged friend cool this summer.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked car. On an average summer day, the temperature inside your car can reach 120 degrees F in 30 minutes. On a 90-degree day, inside your car can hit 160 degrees F in just minutes.
- When the temperature rises, asphalt can get unbearably hot, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks to a minimum when it’s really hot. Try walking your dog early morning or late evening.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water, and a shady place to get out of the sun. When it’s extremely hot, indoors is the place for your pooch to be.
- Make sure screen doors are latched and window screens tightly secured.
Get more summer safety tips for your pet at www.homewardpet.org. For dog and cat adoptions, visit Homeward Pet in Woodinville, Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.