YUMA, Ariz. – Humane Society of Yuma spokesperson Lana Shapiro says on an 80 degree day, the inside of a car can shoot up to 105 in just five minutes.
“First and foremost do not leave any of your animals inside a car.”
With temps easily in the triple digits, you can imagine how quickly a car can become a deadly place for your pet.
“That’s a really common way animals die of heat stroke is inside a car.”
Before taking your dog on a walk, Shapiro suggests checking the temperature of any sidewalks.
“Just by hovering your hand over the cement to make sure its not hot enough, and if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws”
She says ideally pets should stay indoors during summer months. If that’s not an option, Shapiro recommends keeping a kiddy pool with cool water outside.
“They need something to cool down in, regardless of the shade. Also, another thing that people tend to forget, if you have a metal water bowl, change it out for a plastic one.”
Heavy panting, poor skin elasticity, and disorientation are possible signs your pet is overheating or dehydrated.
Experts also suggest shaving your pet’s fur to help it stay cool.