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Protect your pet from summer heat

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(Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona) (Source: Humane Society of Southern Arizona)
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By Sariah Schroader for Tucson News Now

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Temperatures are rising as we creep our way into the summer months and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona would like to remind everyone to take care of their pets in the Tucson heat with the following tips:

Make sure your pets always have water. Animals sweat a lot in these high temperatures and it's important to keep them hydrated. Add a few ice cubes to help keep them cool.

If your pet is an outdoor pet, make sure they have shade. If you've got a shady tree or a tarp that can be hung somewhere for them to sit under, these open spaces are best. While a dog house may provide shade, the small space traps hot air.

When taking a pet for a walk remember the sidewalks and streets get very hot under the sun. The best time to take them out is early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is setting. Don't keep your pet out too long when it's really hot outside.

Much like you should never leave a child in a hot car, never leave an animal in a hot car either. Even if the windows are down, in southern Arizona a car can quickly reach 110 degrees in just 10 minutes.

For more information and tips you can visit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's website at hssaz.org.

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