How to protect pets from the extreme heat

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Taking precautions to beat the heat isn't just about the humans, pets also have to be protected from the extremely hot conditions. 

Nicole Wilson of the Pennsylvania SPCA wants to remind pet owners that they're not the only ones suffering in this week's weather. She says while you're cooling off, don't forget to do the same for your cats and dogs.

"The most ideal thing that an individual can do for their pet is keep them inside and keep them cool. In situations where that's not an option the best thing to do is to provide them with lots of shade," she said. 

Wilson says on those really hot days, think twice before takings pet for a ride along.

"Keep your pet home, don't bring them in the car. Leaving your pet in the car, is deadly this time of year, with these hot temperatures."

She says when the temptress start to rise to the levels they've been at over the last week, no matter the breed of dog or cat, they should not be out in the heat. Additionally, since Philadelphia is under a Code Red, dogs must have shade to protect them from the sun—or owners could face a hefty fine of $500 or more.

☀️ In times of excessive heat, it is against the law in Philadelphia to leave dogs outside without protection from the sun. Violators put their pets in grave danger and may face a $500 fine. Keep your family and pets safe ➡️ #StayCoolPHL

— City of Philadelphia (@PhiladelphiaGov) July 16, 2019

Wilson says that the combination of the heat rising from the cement and coming from the sun can be a serious danger to pets.

"It doesn't matter if you have a long or a short nose. It is just too much, and really the best thing is to bring that pet in."

Wilson advises that pet owners should make sure pets are hydrated, and that bathroom breaks outside should be quick trips, in the early morning, or the late night.