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Tips for keeping your pets safe during hot summer

“Don’t walk your dog on pavement, don’t take your dog in your car.”
Keep animals safe during summer
Keep animals safe during summer(KMVT)
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:27 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — One-hundred-degree weather will be frequent this summer and without proper care, your furry friends could pay the price.

According to research by Tufts University, temperatures in the mid-80′s begin to pose threats to dogs if they are outdoors and without shade.

“Have some really shady spots for them, especially if they are outdoor dogs. If they are indoor dogs, the air conditioning is wonderful and [have] soft spots for them to lay,” said animal advocate Dana Gunnell. “Lots of water, always remember to fill their water.”

If your dog is exposed to the elements, threats of overheating and dehydration can lead to complications like vomiting, organ failure and can even be fatal.

Experts urge pet owners to keep their dogs indoors when the weather is hottest, but if they are outside, keep an eye on their behavior.

“They become very lethargic; they won’t move, they’ll just quit moving,” said Twin Falls Animal Shelter Director Debbie Blackwood. “You might be out walking, and they just lay down just unusual behavior. You’ve got a crisis on your hands.”

When temperatures are above 90 degrees, Roberts and Blackwood suggest only walking your dogs either early in the morning or late at night, and there are a few other tips for keeping your pets safe this summer.

“Don’t walk your dog on pavement, don’t take your dog in your car,” said Blackwood. “I mean it may just be easier if you don’t take it, if you have to leave your car, if you’re running your car and staying in your car, that’s fine. And make sure your dog has shade.”

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