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HOT DOG ALERT: Triple digits just as threatening to your pets

Shelter employee Patti Marple cools off Meg at the Verde Valley Humane Society on Wednesday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Shelter employee Patti Marple cools off Meg at the Verde Valley Humane Society on Wednesday. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Hot dogs are not healthy dogs.

So the Verde Valley Humane Society wants to remind people to watch out for their pets in this 100-degree weather.

Luckily, Angie Hare, shelter manager, reports that they have not seen any heat-related incidents come into the local shelter in this recent hot spell.

Pet owners can protect their pets from the heat by "making sure their pets have plenty of water and shade, make sure they don't leave them out between the times of twelve and three, it's the hottest part of the day," she continued," and "don't leave your animals in cars."

Hare said people who go to work in these extreme temperatures should leave their pets inside while they are not home, even if they have shade and water.

Dogs will become lethargic, their body temperature will rise, they will pant a lot and breath faster when they are overheating, explained Hare.

If a dog is overheating, get them into a cool place, rub water under their tummy and armpits and give them water that is not too cold, she said. "A medium-temperature water. You don't want to put them in shock."

Dogs can't be walking on pavement or even the dirt in these extreme temperatures because it hurts their paws, she said, adding that you can place your hand on the pavement or cement and test if it hurts your hand. "They do make special little booties" that you can buy at a pet store, Hare added.

A dog pool is something people should also consider in this hot weather, she said.

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