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Keeping your pets safe during the extreme heat

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If it’s hot for you, it’s hot for your pets, too.

Pet owners are reminded to take special care of their furry friends on days with extreme heat. Keep them out of the heat as much as possible and make sure they have lots of access to water.

For many people like Mari Brooks, their animals are part of the family. So she does everything she can to keep them safe when the temperature rises.

“I have a long haired cat, so I do shave him during the summertime so he’s not as hot. My Chihuahua likes to burrow underneath of his blanket so we do make sure he has a fan on him at all times, too,” Brooks said.

Walking your pet can be a challenge as sidewalks bake in the brutal sun. Lin Holmes of the Humane Society of Genesee County has a tip on when you should take your dog for a stroll.

“Anytime it’s over, like say in the 70s, you want to take your hand and turn it over to the backside and put it on the pavement for about six, seven seconds. And if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet,” Holmes said.

Holmes said the best time, if at all, to take a walk would be early in the morning or later in the evening. She also wants pet owners to always keep the water bowl full.

“You really have to make sure that you’re keeping your animal hydrated and cool. They can get overheated just like we can,” Holmes said.

Holmes said lack of shelter and shade could also be detrimental to your pet.

“If they're just in the baking sun and they have no way to get out of it, even with fresh water they can still get overheated,” Holmes said.

In all, it's best to keep your animal inside with plenty of water to drink Holmes said. As for Brooks, she hopes we all do our part to keep pets safe in this dangerous heat.

“I'm just hoping that everybody understands how important it is that their animals have fresh water,” Brooks said. 

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