The last few weeks have seen temperatures soar across America with some areas recording heatwaves of more than 90 degrees. While we're all aware of the importance of keeping our pets cool and to never leave a dog in a car on a hot day, how often have you taken the time to consider whether it's too hot for your pup to go for a walk?
If you're unsure whether it's safe to walk your dog, read this British woman's cautionary Facebook post.
Devastated Courtney Rogers wrote her Facebook post in the hope that other pet parents would take heed. The story has been shared more than 19,000 times, reaching across the Atlantic from Courtney's home in Wirral, UK.
Andrea Trafney, a doctor at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, told ABC News that she didn't advise exercising pets during high heat. "All walks should be to eliminate or defecate and then back in the house. If your dog shows any sign of weakness – if they're not responding, slowing or they're not walking – bring them in and seek help."
To prevent heat stroke and ensure that your pets stay safe during the hotter weather, keep them sheltered from direct sunlight, provide water in the form of ice cubes, and use lukewarm water to cool heads, chests, and paws. When in doubt, seek medical attention immediately.