Keeping your pets safe in the heat

Keeping your pets safe in the heat

Being outdoors in the extreme heat is dangerous for people and their pets. 

22News went to the dog park in Agawam Friday morning where lots of people were letting their dogs get some exercise before it got too hot. 

You should take your animals out in the morning and during the evening when temperatures start to drop.

One dog owner said he likes to bring his dog to the park when it’s hot out because it’s protected from the sun. 

“There’s a little more shade, it’s a little cooler. Definitely gotta be aware of your dog. Always watch them,” said Jared Habershaw. 

Animals can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion. Some dogs are even equipped with fountains to keep them hydrated. 

22News went to Agawam Dog Works to find what signs pet owners should look for on hot days.

“Panting, he might be vomiting, lethargic. You want to watch for those symptoms. Especially like the flat nose dogs. They’re very susceptible to heat so you don’t want to be walking them in any kind of heat what so ever,” said the owner of Agawam Dog Works, Susan St. Peter. 

St. Peter said it’s best to keep pets inside in the air conditioning, but if you do go out, dog owners should check their dogs paws because they can get burned.

You should never leave your pet inside a vehicle on a hot day. 

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