Tips to prevent your pet from becoming a hotdog –

Moose Jaw will be hit by the heat this week as temperatures are forecast to exceed 30 degrees.

With the week-long heat wave, people and their pets will be venturing outside to enjoy the sun. Like people, pets are affected by heat and proper precautions should be taken.

Dana Haukaas, director of the Moose Jaw Humane Society, mentioned some ways to keep your furry friends safe from the heat.

“With your cat, just keep them indoors, you won’t be bothering your neighbors by having their cat go into your flower bed or garden, and they can stay nice and cool in your air-conditioned basement or upstairs,” Haukas says. .

When it comes to walking your dog, she recommends early morning or late evening walks, when temperatures start to drop.

“A good rule of thumb is if you put your bare foot on the pavement and count to ten, if that’s too hot for your foot, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.”

Another tip to keep your dog cool this summer is to have a paddling pool in your backyard or buy a cooling jacket or bandanas for your pet that you can wrap around his neck to beat the heat.

While it can also be tempting to take the dog on a cruise if you’re running a few errands, Haukaas says that’s definitely a no-no.

“We’re getting calls from people concerned about dogs staying in cars, and even if you intend to be alone for a couple of minutes, you never know what the line will be like or if you’ll run into a friend.” , so it’s better to leave them at home.”

Another way to keep them cool is to make sure you change the water in your water dish regularly and even add some ice cubes.

Having your dog well groomed can also play a role in keeping him cool. Breeds with double coats, such as shepherds and retrievers, have undercoats that can get hot if not brushed.

Signs to look for if you think your pet is overheating is if he begins to pant anxiously as if unable to recover. It is recommended that if you are concerned that your pet is getting too much sun and you are not sure what to do, that you call the Humane Society.

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