Summer Heat: How to keep pets safe

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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WCTV) -- By: Brittany Bedi
July 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Summer is here. With temperatures reaching the mid to upper 90s over the next few months, it's important to make sure your furry friends stay safe from the heat.

Limit exercise on hot days. If you choose to take your pet outdoors, try to limit it to the morning hours, when it's cooler outside.

Be sure to check the pavement before allowing an animal on it. Place a hand on the concrete. If it's too hot for a human hand, it's too hot for an animal's paw.

Provide plenty of shade, water, and other methods to keep cool. Ice packs, and "pup"sicles are other ways to cool dogs down.

Don't rely solely on a fan. Different animals release heat from certain body parts. Fans may not help much.

Never leave a pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in 10 minutes. Overheating can lead to organ damage or death.

Lisa Glunt is the executive director of the Leon County Humane Society.

"It's so easy for somebody to think they'll just spend a few minutes in the store and come out, but things happen and people forget," says Glunt. "Rather than chance it, it's better to just make the trip home and drop off your pet."

Glunt also said that certain dogs may be more susceptible to heat illnesses, including certain dog breeds, young, sick, or elderly animals.

The Leon County Humane Society also reminds people to stay vigilant during these warm months. If you see an animal in distress, call animal control or law enforcement.

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