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Here’s how excessive heat can harm our furry friends

Jul 22, 2023, 6:00 PM | Updated: Jul 25, 2023, 11:14 am

SALT LAKE CITY -- The excessive heat is posing a danger to more than just people.  Pets are also p...

A pet owner is urging people to be cautious when taking their pets by rivers after his dog Oliver, was swept away in Tanner Park. (Travis Mundt)

(Travis Mundt)

SALT LAKE CITY — The excessive heat is posing a danger to more than just people. 

Pets are also put at risk when temperatures are high. Heat stroke, dehydration, paw burns and even sunburns can affect the four-legged friends.

There are several things you can do to keep your pet safe in the sun, as well as signs to watch out for. 

The Humane Society advises we make sure our pets have lots of fresh water and sometimes even ice water. They said that dog-safe sunscreen is best for light-colored dogs, as they are more susceptible to burns and skin cancer.

It’s also important to provide them with shade that doesn’t obstruct airflow and to limit the amount of exercise and sun they get. Short-nosed dogs are more at-risk for breathing issues when it’s hot. They can’t pant as efficiently, making it difficult to cool themselves down.

Experts advise to always check the temperature of sand, pavement or grass. If it is too hot for a bare human foot, it is too hot for paws.

Watch for signs of heat stroke in pets as well. If they start excessively panting, drooling or have a rapid heart rate, offer them lots of ice water and drape cold towels over their body if possible.

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Here’s how excessive heat can harm our furry friends