BULLHEAD CITY — The heat and humans don’t always get along. The heat and pets rarely do.
“Our pets are like family and we want to ensure that they are kept safe as they are exposed to changing conditions,” said Nicole Forsyth, president and CEO of RedRover, a national animal welfare organization. “Prevention is key, so remembering these quick and easy tips can make the summer more enjoyable for the whole family.”
People are advised to curtail outdoor activities in the midday heat, especially when temperatures exceed 100 degrees — it was 113 in Bullhead City on Wednesday and a high of 115 is in the forecast for today. The same holds true for pets.
“Surfaces such as asphalt, sand and concrete can burn your pet’s paws,” RedRover said in its list of tips. “Try to walk your pet early in the morning or later in the evening as the temperature cools down or walk them on the grass. If that isn’t possible, check the ground temperature by placing the back of your hand on the ground for at least 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pet’s paws.”
Leaving a pet in a vehicle can be deadly at nearly any temperature, even with the windows cracked. The temperature inside a car can increase by as much as 40 degrees in an hour, according to studies, and much of that increase occurs in the first half-hour. It is best to leave pets at home rather than risk leaving them in a vehicle, even for a short errand.
Pets, like humans, need plenty of water during periods of high temperatures. Make sure they have access to fresh, cool water.
Pets, like humans, also should have plenty of shade when outdoors; direct sunlight for an extended period of time can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.