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Dog Days of Summer Pose Increased Risk to Pets

KEYT | Mina Wahab

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.— Scorching hot temperatures pose a huge risk to our four legged furry friends. Panting, excessive thirst, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, and collapse are just a few of the telltale signs of overheating in our pets.

According to PETA, more than twice as many dogs and cats died from heat-related causes this year than any other year on record.

PETA reports 133 heat related deaths and 497 rescues nationally for this year alone.

“The asphalt is very hot so their feet can burn with very minimal contact. They can overheat, especially our squishy face dogs like Bulldogs and French Bulldogs,” said Santa Barbara Humane’s Director of Shelter Services Sandy Simmons.

Sandy Simmons says to walk dogs early in the morning and later in the evening to avoid the afternoon heat.

For dogs that require a lot of exercise throughout the day, there are always workarounds.

“You can stimulate their brain with puzzle toys, Kongs, frozen treats, anything to keep them cool and entertained during this time until it cools down and you can get them out for a run or walk,” said Simmons.

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