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Protecting Your Pet from the Heat

Walking your pet is one of the best exercises for both you and your furry friend. However, with the hot summer months upon us, it's crucial to take extra precautions to keep your pet safe from the heat. Here are some essential tips to help you protect your pet from the dangers of high temperatures.

Recognizing Heat Risks for Pets

At temperatures above 89°F, most animals are at risk of heat stroke. For many pets, outdoor activity becomes dangerous above 82°F, and for others, even 77°F poses a risk.

Hot Surfaces and Their Impact

Surfaces like asphalt, concrete, and sand can be 40 to 60 degrees hotter than the air temperature. For example, if it's 75°F and sunny, surfaces can reach 125°F, causing severe damage to your pet's paws in less than a minute. Puppies are particularly vulnerable since their paws have yet to develop protective callouses.

Tips for Walking Your Dog

  1. Test the Surface: To determine if the pavement is too hot for your pet, place your hand or bare foot on a sunny part of the pavement. If you can't comfortably keep your hand on the surface for 10 seconds, it's too hot for their paws.
  2. Timing: Walk your pet early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is setting and the ground has had time to cool down.
  3. Safe Surfaces: Take your pet for a walk where you can remain on grass most of the time.
  4. Water Sensitivity: Keep in mind that if your pet has been in the water, its paws may be more sensitive to hot surfaces after swimming.
  5. Hydration: Always bring a collapsible bowl and a water bottle along on your walk.

Vehicle Safety

Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. According to the Humane Society of the United States, it's always too hot to leave a pet in the car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. For example, in 85°F weather, even with a window slightly open, the temperature can reach 102°F within 10 minutes and climb to 120°F in half an hour. The bottom line: do not leave your pet unattended in a car.

Legal Obligations

Ensure your pet has proper shelter and water as required by law. Failure to provide necessary food, water, and shelter is considered "cruel neglect" under ARS 13-2910.

By following these tips, you can ensure your pet stays safe and healthy during the hot summer months. Stay vigilant and always prioritize your pet's well-being.
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