The hottest months are upon us and I was amazed,
flipping through the newspaper recently,
to see people being issued citations
for leaving their four-legged friends in the car
while they ran errands in the mid-day heat.
Apparently what seems to be common sense to you and me may not be true for all pet owners.
And then there was that horrific picture
circulating around on Facebook
of the dog paws that were totally blistered
because they took Fido for a walk
on the hot pavement.
Or the terribly violent weather that ripped across
the eastern half of the country 2 weeks ago,
leaving people without power,
some for days on end, in some of the hottest weather to date.
So, let's review some basics to ensure
we make the smartest decisions for our furry friends
(provided by the Humane Society):
Never leave your pets in a parked car.
Watch the humidity.
Don't rely on a fan.
Provide ample shade and water.
Limit exercise on hot days.
Recognize the signs of heatstroke.
What to do if you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke:
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