Keeping pets safe in the heat

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Warm weather is fun for everyone, but it can also be dangerous to your health, and your pets.

It’s a friendly reminder to all of you pet owners out there from the Freeborn County Humane Society, to keep tabs on how long your four legged friend is outside this summer.

It’s a hereditary thing for dogs to want to get outside and wear themselves out, but Humane Society manager, Christa DeBoer says that too much activity in the heat could lead to heat exhaustion.

However, this is not to say that your pets can’t enjoy the warm weather like you can, DeBoer just says that it’s important to remember to monitor how long they are exposed to the heat.

“I know that they say two hours but, I do think that two hours is too long on some of these really hot days,” she says, “unless your conditions are appropriate like, if you have great shade or you’ve got a little swimming pool and you’ve got a nice cool place for them to be, then fine.”

Dogs and cats can become dehydrated very quickly and DeBoer says that pets with darker hair are more susceptible to heat stroke and they should not be outside for an extended period of time.

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