By Sarah Klein
The Winnipeg Humane Society is urging pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their pets from the sweltering temperatures today.
Leaving your dog inside a vehicle — even for a short period of time — can be fatal. Temperatures inside the vehicle can reach over 50°C with the windows cracked.
The WHS is asking you to leave your dog inside on days like today, but if that’s not possible, make sure a cold supply of water is provided and a dog house or shelter are nearby.
In addition, follow these tips to keep your pet safe this summer:
- Keep outdoor activity to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day, going for walks only in the early mornings or evenings.
- Remember that asphalt can get very hot and burn your pet’s paws.
- Pay special attention to older dogs, short-nosed dogs and those with thick coats as they will be most affected by the heat.
- Don’t take your pet with you to the beach in the middle of a hot day.