How to keep your pets safe during dangerously hot temps

Posted at 12:25 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 13:25:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As temperatures heat up outside, Metro Animal Care and Control has a few tips on how to keep your pet safe.

Possible record-breaking heat is expected this weekend as temps soar into the 90s.

Remember, the pavement gets hotter than you might think and it will burn your dog’s paw pads if they’re out too long.

MACC investigator Ashley Harrington said to check for burn marks on their paw pads.

“If you’re hot, your pets are probably hot, too, so keeping them in the AC isn’t a bad idea,” Harrington said.

If you suspect your dog is in heat distress you should first cool them down by wetting their paw pads, groin area and belly. You can put them down on a cool, damp towel but don’t submerge them in water because that could send them into shock.

Harrington added you need to get them to a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the temperature outside, you should never leave a dog in the car. Temps inside the vehicle can quickly heat up as much as 20 degrees.

Anyone who sees a dog in a car, should report it. If you see a dog in distress you can call 911.

MACC will be having an adoption special this weekend for active duty service members by waiving the adoption fee. Click here for more information.