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Keep your pets cool! Tips to keep them safe during the heatwave

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Keep your pets cool! Tips to keep them safe during the heatwave (Photo: SBG)

It's about to get real hot!

A large area of high pressure is in the process of building across the southwest U.S. Temperatures are already soaring into the triple-digits across the southern deserts of Utah, heading to 105 degrees by Friday. Temperatures are forecast to stay in the 90s over the weekend.

The heatwave is an opportunity to keep your pets cool at home and outdoors. Here’s some tips for pet owners to keep their pets safe from Salt Lake County Animal Services.

Hikes/Walks: Often dog-friendly hiking trails, do not often have consistent water sources for your dog to drink from. Carry enough water for you and your dog. Do not take them on hot, exposed hikes during the heat of the day. Hot, sandy trails can burn dog paws. Watch your dog closely, Utah’s beautiful desert landscape can cause pets to overheat, collapse, and possibly die.

Hot Cars: Once outside temperatures reach 70-degrees, temperatures in a car can exceed 116-degrees within 10 minutes. Even on a mild 75-degree day, cracking a window in your car or parking in the shade doesn’t make a difference. Temperatures inside the vehicle are deadly. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, irreparable brain damage, or even death.

If you see a pet inside a vehicle excessively panting, non-responsive, drooling, or listless, call Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Dispatch number immediately: 801-743-7000. Never break a window of a vehicle on your own to pull out a pet, you could be liable for damages. Take a photo of the pet, the license plate, and give that information to Animal Control Officers.

Hot Pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on the sidewalk in the summer. When in doubt test the surface yourself: place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you CAN’T stand the heat for FIVE seconds, it’s too hot for you to walk your dog. Which means you will need to walk your dog early in the morning, later in the evening, and leave them at home when heading to festivals or farmer’s markets.

Hot Balconies: Despite being covered, a balcony can get very hot, VERY fast. A dog left on a balcony may try to escape and injure themselves when they’re left alone and hot. A bowl of water is easily overturned, and the pet is left anxious, dehydrated, and in similar conditions as a hot car. If you see or hear a pet on a balcony that’s in distress call Animal Control: 801-743-7000.