GBHS reminds pet owners to be mindful of dangers heat can cause

Pets and heat dangers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Temperatures in the Birmingham area are pushing 100 degrees, which has the Greater Birmingham Humane Society sending out a reminder to keep pets safe from the heat.

A good rule of thumb is if it's too hot for young children and elderly, then it's too hot for animals to stay outside.

The assistant manager at the humane society says if possible, try to bring the animals inside to escape the heat.

They also say to be careful of hot pavement that could cause paw injuries when walking your dog.

"A good way to test the asphalt is to place the back side of your hand on the asphalt for seven seconds and if you can't stand it for seven seconds your dog won't be able to stand it to take a walk," says Heather Watkins of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

"We had a dog who was a stray, so we didn't know who he belonged to, that had blisters all over his paws from the asphalt. These were heat related blisters. People don't realize that animals are affected by the heat as much as we are," says Lacey Jones of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

The warmer temperatures can also cause heat related problems such as dehydration and heat stroke. Experts suggest providing animals with ample shade from the sun.

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