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Tips for keeping your pets safe during hot days

If you are going to be out enjoying the warm weather, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services offers a few tips to pet owners to help them keep their pets safe on hot days.

If you are going to be out enjoying the warm weather, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services offers a few tips to pet owners to help them keep their pets safe on hot days. (Dwight Smith, Shutterstock)



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SALT LAKE CITY — If you are going to be out enjoying the warm weather, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services offers a few tips to pet owners to help them keep their pets safe on hot days.

Hot days mean hot cars for pets

On a near-perfect day when outside temperatures are in the 70s, the inside of a vehicle can reach up to 116 degrees in 10 minutes, according to the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services. Cracking a window or parking in the shade will not make a difference for a pet inside a hot vehicle.

Inside a vehicle with such heat, pets, like dogs, can suffer heatstroke, permanent brain damage or possibly even die. If you see a pet inside a hot car that appears to be in distress, you are asked to call Salt Lake County Animal Service's Dispatch number immediately at 801-840-4000.

GSLMS warns to never break a window on your own because you could be held responsible for the damages.

Avoid hot pavement

During the summer, pets can burn their paws on pavement, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services says. If you wonder if the pavement is too hot for your pet, test it out yourself. The agency says to place the back of your hand on the pavement for five seconds. If it's too hot for you, then it's too hot for your pet to walk on.

The agency says to walk your dog in the morning and again later in the evening. And when you are going to be gone to for an extended period of time, leave your pet at home.

Don't leave pets on hot balconies

Even with a cover, a balcony can get hot quickly. The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services says a dog left on a balcony may try to escape and could injure itself. A bowl of water can easily be overturned, which can lead the dog to becoming dehydrated.

For additional information on keeping your pets safe in hot weather, click here.

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