Pets and Hot Weather

Posted at 1 p.m.

June is Pet Preparedness Month. And it’s also the beginning of summer — officially beginning today, June 21 — and that means hot weather.

Please remember: Never leave pets (or children) in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and it can be deadly for your pet.

  • Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors.
  • Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet.
  • Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days.

Pet Preparedness

Since pets cannot plan for themselves, it is important to make a plan for your pet’s safety.

  • Include your pets in your emergency plans.
  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets. View what items should go in it:
  • Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated.
  • Include the number of an out of town relative on your pet’s ID tag.
  • Think about “microchipping” your pet. These permanent implants help locate your pet following a disaster.
  • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens.

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