With summer in full swing and temperatures finally starting to reach the triple digits, staying cool is on the top of everyone's mind. It's also important to remember our furry friends and take care of them when it's hot outside.
You should never leave a pet in a parked vehicle, even with the car running and the air conditioner on. Pets can suffer irreversible organ damage and can die from heat stroke, according to the United States Humane Society.
The Humane Society offers other tips for keeping the family pet safe such as watching the humidity and limiting exercise on hot days.
When exercising your animal, if he or she has white-colored ears, then be aware they are more susceptible to skin cancer. Short-nosed pets typically have breathing issues.
Asphalt can also get extremely hot during the summer and can burn your pet's paws, so always walk the dog on the grass and carry water while exercising.
One common mistake pet owners often make is relying on a fan to keep pets cool. Dogs sweat primarily through their feet and fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
If you have a pet that may be suffering from heat stroke, move them into the shade or an air-conditioned area and apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool water over their head. Give them small amounts of cool water or let them lick ice cubes and take them directly to a veterinarian.