How to keep your pet cool during upcoming heat wave

Pet heat safety (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. – It's going to be extremely hot in the Eugene-Springfield area over the next week.

If you think you're hot, imagine being covered in fur.

Greenhill Humane Society has several tips for you to keep your animal cool during the heat wave.

  • The experts recommend giving your animal plenty of water whether inside or outside.
  • Don't leave your animal in the car for any amount of time during the hot weather.
  • Temperatures can rise inside a car very fast, even when the windows are open.
  • Lastly, take your dog for a walk or run in the morning and night, and be sure to avoid the hottest times of the day.

"We highly recommend that you test the asphalt or sand with your hand prior to allowing your pets to walk on it, it can be very hot and it can even burn their pads,” said Sasha Elliot, Public Information Officer with Greenhill Humane Society.

Elliot said if your pet is in distress and you think there's the possibility of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, contact your vet immediately.

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