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Pet tips and resources

Pet tips and resources

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Hot weather safety

Animals cannot sweat like humans, and they are vulnerable to overheating quickly, especially when the temperature rises above 80 degrees. Be sure your pets are ready for the summer heat with these safety tips:

  • Be sure to provide plenty of fresh, cool water to pets, and shade from the sun.
  • Though pets still need exercise during warm weather, take extra care when exercising older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and dogs with thick coats, as they are especially vulnerable to overheating.
  • On very hot days, limit walks to early morning or evening hours. Remember that pavement gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws.
  • NEVER leave your pet in a car on a hot day. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. Animals left in a hot car, even for just a few minutes, can suffer from heat stroke, brain damage, or death. If you see a pet in distress from the heat, call 9-1-1 or if you live in the RASKC service area call 206-296-7387 (PETS).

RASKC is pleased to share these behavior and wellness resources from nationally recognized animal welfare organizations. You can also find more resources on our Pet Assistance Program page.

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