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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Pets and Heat
The Arizona heat is intense! Be mindful when walking your dog this summer, that the sidewalk is very hot and can burn the pad of their paws. We encourage you to minimize exercise with your pet during the heat of the day and walk or play in the morning or evening. Remember, short-faced dogs cannot regulate their temperatures as well as long-nosed dogs can. Large dogs are also more at risk for this, but we need to be careful with all pets. Don't let your pet overexert themselves or they can get heat stress, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke! Dogs can still overheat with water and shade, so minimize outdoor exposure when it is hot and sunny.