How to help your hot dogs and keep your cats cool this summer

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 13:40:52-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Temperatures are expected to hit triple digits which can be dangerous for humans but also serious for our four-legged friends.

If you're hot, there's no doubt your pet is as well.

The Humane Society of Utah said it receives dozens of calls about the soaring temperatures and is reminding owners to take precautions for pets.

If you're going to be spending some time outdoors, make sure your pets have collars with tags displaying your contact information.

Officials said pets are known to wander off more in the summer so try to keep your windows and doors closed.

The Humane Society said pet owners may not realize dogs are at risk for sun burns just like us so it's important to use a pet-friendly sunblock on your pups.

"We know Utah gets really hot in the summer and I like to just consider the fact that our pets are wearing fur coats," Humane Society of Utah Spokesperson Deann Shepherd said. "So we might think it's hot but they're going to handle the heat differently than we do. They don't sweat the same way we do. They don't cool off with a fan the same way."

Summer pet safety tips

The Humane Society of Utah Summer Pet Precautions:

  • Never leave your pet in a hot car, even for a short period of time. The temperature of a car can increase to dangerous levels quickly.
  • If you`re walking or jogging with your pet, be aware that asphalt and concrete can get hot quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn.
  • Make sure pets have access to fresh, clean water.
  • Keep pets cool inside and out. If you can, keep pets inside in intense heat. Give them access to shade at all times of the day. Put a cold rag around their neck to cool them off.
  • Watch for possible signs and symptoms of overheating.

If your pet is panting more than usual, having difficulty breathing, vomiting or has a loss in appetite, officials said immediately call your vet.