How to keep pets safe in hot weather

Dogs suffer and die from heatstroke every year when they are left in a hot, parked car. Leaving the windows down or parking in the shade is not enough.

According to after just 10 minutes in the car temperatures can greatly rise:

Outside Temperature – In Car Temperature

70 degrees 90 degrees
85 degrees 102 degrees
90 degrees 109 degrees

Precious Paws Animal Rescue in Franklin posted some tips for ensuring pet safety on its Facebook page earlier this summer:

Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening – It is best to avoid running or hitting the trails with your furry friend on hot days or humid evenings.

Avoid hot pavement – When the air temperature is 77 degrees, asphalt in the sun has been measured at 125 degrees.

Never leave a pet unattended with access to a pool – Teach your pet to swim safely to the steps and get out, or fence your pool.

Make sure outdoor animals have shade -Animals need a place to get out of the direct sun.