With temperatures soaring in the Las Vegas Valley, animal rights activists remind pet owners to protect their four-legged friends from the heat.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, issued an “urgent heat-wave animal advisory” Wednesday. It offered these tips for protecting dogs:
• Keep dogs inside. Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or fatal.
• Provide adequate water and shade. If dogs must be left outside, they should be supplied with ample water and shade. The shifting sun needs to be taken into account.
• Walk animals, don’t run with them. In hot weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up. They can quickly become severely overheated.
• Never leave a dog in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open.
• Avoid hot pavement. Dogs’ footpads easily burn on heated asphalt, pavement and sand.
• Never transport dogs in the bed of a truck. Animals can catapult out of the truck bed during a sudden stop or choke if they jump out while tied down.
For more information, go to www.helpinganimals.com