Keeping pets safe in the heat

UTICA, N.Y.--Following a spike in heat-related dog deaths in Syracuse, local veterinarians are reiterating the importance of keeping pets cool during extreme summer temperatures.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 11:39 PM
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 1:04 AM

UTICA, N.Y.--Following a spike in heat-related dog deaths in Syracuse, local veterinarians are reiterating the importance of keeping pets cool during extreme summer temperatures.

"They can't sweat, they can't go get themselves a glass of water," Veterinarian Abby Regner said. "If we're hot, they're most definitely hot."

She said providing proper hydration is the first step pet owners should keep in mind.

"Making sure they have tons of fresh water that's available at different levels of the house so they can easily get it if they are feeling hot," Regner said.

While Regner said leaving your dog or cat in air-conditioning is the best option, she said other methods of cooling can be found in most any home.

"Good fans, keeping in mind they can't go seek out some cool," Regner said. "So if you have bathrooms that have tile where it might be colder for them to lay on, leave those doors open, because that's the only thing they can help themselves to" Regner said.

When it comes to walking your dog or letting them out on a sidewalk, Regner said pavement too hot for bare human feet is too hot for bare paws.

"The pavement will burn the bottom of their paws and can cause up to third degree burns just because, again, they're not wearing sneakers," Regner said.

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