How to Beat The Heat
Summer weather means hot days and warm sunshine-y hours filled with time at the beach and other places outdoors. This could mean being outside with the family dog.
If you choose to leave your dog outside, here are some tips to keeping your pet both safe and comfortable:
· NEVER leave your dog in a parked car. On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees in ten minutes—even with the windows open. This could cause permanent damage to the dog.
· Be sure to provide shade and plenty of water. Proper shelter is a requirement of the New Hanover County Code for animals. Water is also covered under manner of keeping and treating your pets.
· Limit exercising your dog or provide something besides your routine walk, such as swimming in a nearby pond or lake.
The most ideal spot for any pet is safely inside their person's household. While this may not always be possible, use wisdom in keeping your dog safe and healthy during the hot, humid days ahead.