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Tips to keep pets hydrated as summer temperatures rise

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If you’re feeling the heat, think about how hot your pet can get in this weather.

According to arlboston.org., the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States is urging the public to watch out for pets and other animals as temperatures are expected to soar this week.

Above all, never leave your pet alone in a parked car, even with the air conditioner on or the windows cracked, the group advised.

It is illegal in Massachusetts to keep an animal confined in a vehicle during extreme hot or cold conditions, and when a weather advisory is issued, it is also illegal to keep dogs tethered for longer than five hours in a 24-hour period.

Safety measures for dogs in the heat
Safety measures for dogs in the heat

Dogs also cannot be tethered outdoors between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless for not more than 15 minutes and when the owner/keeper is present, according to the Animal Rescue League.

‘Call 911′: State Police advise public to watch for pets left in hot cars as summer temps soar

The ARL offered more tips to keep pets safe and healthy:

  • Prevention is always your best bet. Whenever possible, leave your pet at home in a cool, low-humidity, and temperature-regulated room.
  • If your pet must be outdoors, find a shady spot with ample airflow to prevent overheating.
  • Hydration is key, so keep a bowl of cold water accessible at all times.
  • Limit exercise to the morning or evening hours when temperatures are at their coolest. Aside from the heat, the high humidity can cause respiratory issues for animals, particularly short-snouted animals like pugs.

For more safety tips, visit arlboston.org.

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