Keep your pets cool this summer

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.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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