As the temperatures rise this summer we need to remember that it also affects our furry friends too.
Leaving a pet in the car is never a good idea even for just a short amount of time . You may not think it is very hot out but remember, a closed car, even with the windows cracked, acts as a greenhouse to increase the radient effect of the sun and dramatically increase the temperature. In just the time it takes to run an errand or drop something off your companion can start down the slippery slope that leads to heat stroke. It is best to leave them at home where they will be safe and comfortable.
Exercise and walking your dog during the summer months should be restricted to the early morning or late in the evening when it is cooler and more comfortable. Remember that if you are uncomfortable outside, your dog probably will be too.