BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Even though the official start of summer is not until June 20, the effects of extreme temperatures have already been seen. With those high digits comes a greater need to protect yourself and your pets from the heat.
Experts want to remind pet parents that not only do your fur babies need water, they also need shade or some type of shelter. They also suggest walking your dog in the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are a bit cooler. But there's one more thing you should do before letting your pets out: a concrete test. All you have to do is put your hand on the concrete in the sun where your dog will be walking. If it's too hot to your touch, it's too hot for your dog.