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(KSL News) With soaring temperatures, the group PETA has a reminder for pet owners: don't leave your pets in the heat.
Hot weather can be deadly for dogs, especially when left outside for long periods of time.
PETA makes the following suggestions for safeguarding animals:
• Don't leave them in a parked car, even if it's in a shaded area. In just a matter of minutes, the temperature of a car can climb well above 100 degrees.
• Hot pavement and sand can burn dogs' paws, so choose shady, grassy routes when walking or jogging with your dog.
• Never transport dogs in the bed of a pickup truck. This practice is always dangerous, and with heat comes the added danger that dogs will jump out or hang themselves trying when the hot metal burns their feet or the sun burns their backs.
• Trim heavy-coated dogs' fur, but leave an inch of fur for protection against insects and sunburn.
• Keep dogs indoors. If they absolutely must stay outdoors, take them indoors during the hottest part of the day. Provide all-day shade, drinking water in a heavy bowl, and a kiddie pool. Never chain dogs, as tangled chains can put them out of reach of shade and water.
• Keep an eye on outdoor dogs. Make sure that they have water and shelter. If you see a dog in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the dog immediate relief by providing water.