The Calgary Humane Society is reminding pet owners to keep close tabs on their furry friends during hot weather.
“Look for signs of heat stress, especially excessive panting or lethargy,” said spokesperson Sage Pullen-McIntosh. “Considering doing walks early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler.”
Just like people, the hot weather can take a toll on pets.
“One test that we tell people is that if you put your hand on the pavement and it’s too hot for your hand, it’s also too hot for their paws,” Pullen-McIntosh said.
She suggests leaving your pets at home if you are running errands because it’s too hot, and potentially dangerous to leave them inside a vehicle.
“We still see pets being left inside cars even after a lot of messaging has gone out,” she said. “Even when it’s cooler, never leave your pet alone in the car, even in the shade, even with the windows down. It’s amazing how quickly cars can heat up.”