On a 70 degree day, temperatures can be deadly for pets, especially those left unattended in parked cars. Pet owners are advised to take special precautions to keep their furry companions safe this summer. Adoption counselor at the Human Society of Southeast Missouri, Megan Ervin, gave several tips for pet owners. When a pet is left in the car, roll the windows down or turn on the air conditioner. Don’t let your dog get dehydrated and apply pet-friendly sunscreen to parts that is not protected by fur. Take walks early in the morning or evening so their feet aren’t burned on hot concrete and watch for boaters and snakes when your dog goes swimming. Pets are at a higher risk during the summer of fleas and ticks and can get heartworms from mosquito bites, which can be expensive to treat. Ervin tells KZIM KSIM to take extra precautions during 4th of July.
For more tips or information, call the Humane Society at 573-334-5837.