Summertime heat in cars, on the beach or during daytime walks can be dangerous for your pet. Keep your pets safe with these tips to avoid heatstroke:
– Leave pets at home while running errands. If you must take your pet, keep the car running with the air conditioning on. It’s not enough to crack a window.
– Recognize signs of heatstroke, like if your dog stops barking, becomes lethargic or pants heavily.
– Take walks in the early morning or late evening when it’s slightly cooler. Even a walk or run in the middle of the day can be dangerous for pets.
– Dr. Rizal Lopez, SPCA Tampa Bay