Keeping pets safe in heat wave

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As the heat wave continues, animal officials are urging people to not forget about their pets.

Dogs will need more water in the hot weather, especially with the humidity. Pet owners should make sure their pet has fresh water at least two times a day.

If dogs are outside, make sure there is a shaded area where they can get out of the sun or put fans outside for them.

“We are hot. We are looking for shady spots to stand in or cool water to put our feet in and the animals need to be thought about too,” said Trumbull County Animal Welfare League Executive Director Kerry Pettit. “They cannot process the heat in the same way we do. They are very limited where they can sweat that heat off.”

Pettit advises leaving your pet at home. If you plan to take your animal to the store, even if you think you will be a few minutes, those minutes can kill an animal. On a 90-degree day, the interior of a vehicle can rise to 109 degrees in just 10 minutes and up to 124 degrees in 30 minutes.

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