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It’s officially summer, and that means the temperatures are climbing even higher. That means pets need a little extra care ensuring they remain safe and comfortable whether they’re hanging out on the couch or living it up in the muddy backyard.

Tina Miller with the Humane Society of West Alabama said pet parents must be vigilant in the summer months.

Dogs always need walks, even in summer. But if you’re walking on pavement be extra cautious about the time of day because concrete can heat up and burn a dog’s feet. Instead, walk them early in the morning or at night. You can also buy booties for your dog’s feet if long treks at midday are a must.

Wanna check the temperature of the pavement? Slap your hand down on the ground for 5 to 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for you it’s too hot for your dog.

If you’re not spending all day with your pets, make sure they’ve got plenty of water and a place to escape the heat, like under a deck or inside a well-insulated dog house. Place water in the shade. You can also add ice to a water bowl to help your dog cool off.

Heat stroke in animals is common in Alabama, so watch out for signs including:

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Gums turning pale

If you dog has any of those signs, please consult a vet.

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