BATH, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – Many think that pets are very resilient when it comes to taking the elements when the contrary is true. 18 News took a trip to the Finger Lakes SPCA to talk with Jim Arthur, a volunteer who gave us some tips on how to keep our favorite furry friends safe in this heat.
Jim emphasized that keeping clean water and shade for any pet that is outside is of upmost importance. Animals can dehydrate very quickly and most have access to good water.
He also said that you should not shave your dogs or cats, as the exposed skin can burn in the son rather easily. 18 News learned that the coat can actually help keep the animal cool.
If you must take your pet out for a walk, always check the pavement temperature first. The pads on the bottom of cat’s and dog’s feet are very susceptible to high temperatures and offer very little protection. If the temperature of the surface is too hot for you to touch, it is too hot for them.