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Keeping pets in Alpena safe during summer heat

A dog and it's owner enjoys the new Thomas Stafford Dog Park on Friday afternoon.

ALPENA, MI. –  Some pet owners love to take their animals with them everywhere. But, even a quick trip to the grocery store can be unsafe for your pet in the heat of summer.

Huron Humane Society Manager, Kierstin Stark, said there are risks to having pets in the car this time of year. “When you leave a dog in the car at temperatures as low as 70 degrees, is still too warm. It can reach 90 degrees in just fifteen minutes in an enclosed vehicle. Sometimes, it is best to just leave them at home and not to risk it. It can definitely be fatal to them.”

With record breaking temperatures earlier this week, taking your dog on walks in high heat can cause burns to their paws.

“You want to make sure that their paws are not on any hot pavement. I know people want to bring them to Fourth of July but if it is 90 degrees outside, it is important to think of how their paws are feeling.” said Stark.

Lastly, leaving your pets outside without access to water for a long period of time can also be fatal to your animal. It is important to prepare them with the shade and water needed.  So remember, while you’re enjoying the sun, make sure your animals are safe enough to enjoy it too.