Pet Owners Encouraged to Safeguard Animals During Sweltering Summer Pet Owners Encouraged to Safeguard Animals During Sweltering Summer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- As temperatures soar to unprecedented levels in Central New York this week, experts are urging pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their furry companions.

Chivon Winter, a canine training and behavior specialist, advises pet owners to ensure their dogs have adequate downtime during hot weather.

“In this heat, people will often say that I need to walk my dog. My dog has high energy requirements. And although that comes from a well-intended place, a lot of times the dog might not be adequately conditioned to handle that type of exercise,” said Winter. “I recommend restricting your dog’s activities to mornings and evenings.”

Winter said there are ways to keep dogs mentally and physically stimulated while indoors.

“I recommend an interactive toy,” said Winter. “But also teach your dog to relax so they don’t have their heart rate up all the time.”

Winter stressed not leaving your dogs outside during the day, even if the dogs do live outside.

“Dogs can’t regulate their body temperature as easily as we can,” said Winter. “Bring it in the garage, bring it somewhere with sufficient circulation, where it can cool off during the day.”

It is crucial for dog owners to recognize the signs of heat stroke in their pets, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Symptoms include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, seizures and unconsciousness.

As temperatures continue to rise, vigilance and proactive measures can help ensure the well-being of pets throughout the scorching summer months.

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