Heat Advisory: Keeping Dogs Cool During Summer
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A heat advisory is in effect across the Wasatch Front until Tuesday night, and staying cool can prove challenging — especially when it comes to caring for our four-legged family members.
Experts said pet owners need to avoid taking their dogs on walks or hikes during the hottest hours of the day. They also should never leave their animal in a vehicle — even if the car is parked in the shade and has the windows cracked.
“Your windshield acts as a greenhouse, so all of that hot air gets trapped inside,” said Temma Martin with Best Friends Animal Society. “The car and the temp increases very quickly, so unless your pet is getting out with you at your destination, it’s best to leave them at home.”
According to Salt Lake County Animal services, they’ve had 22 calls for dogs left in cars since Friday. In one case, a dog had to be rescued.
Martin said keeping dogs hydrated is also a top priority. Dogs that are kept outside need to be able to reach their water, and it must be refreshed throughout the day because dogs will not drink hot water.
According to a Rover.com article, other tips to keep dogs cool during summer months include:
- Adding ice cube to water dishes
- Offering access to a wading pool with shallow, cool water
- Making sure their areas outside are shaded
- Replacing a portion of their diet with canned food
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