Pets affected by dangerous heat as well as their owners

Pets affected by dangerous heat as well as their owners

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.

Desiree Chamorro, owner of K-9 Café Boutique and Spa, says, "A lot of people don't dress their dogs and they think shoes is something like an accessory. Actually, it is a functional product that protects your dog's feet." Chamorro says she learned that lesson the hard way when her dog burned his feet at the park and couldn't walk for three days.