Keeping your dog safe in triple digit temps

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 12:30 PM

PHOENIX -- Walking the dog is something many pet owners do at least twice a day. But when it's 113 degrees outside when you get home from work, is that really the best time to take Fido for a stroll?

"People often forget," says Michelle Ramos of the Arizona Animal Welfare League. "They think that dogs are heartier than humans. But they actually have a more difficult time of cooling their body than we do."

Animal care workers warn to keep your dogs out of direct heat. It's best to keep them inside. But if you must put them outside, it's the law that they must have food, water and shelter.

But remember to never, ever leave your pet in a hot car.  "Do not leave them in cars this time of year," Ramos cautions. "It's deadly."

Many folks don't know that you can put sunscreen on your dogs, a good idea especially for extended outdoor activities, like a day at the lake. "It's pet-specific sunscreen," Ramos says. "So don't be lathering the baby sunscreen or Hawaiian tan on them."

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, we met Louie, a four-month-old retriever mix who's now up for adoption. If you'd like information on adopting him or another animal, you can visit the website for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

Also, we have an update on a furry fellow we first met as "Ralph." He was a giant, matted fur ball found wandering in the north Valley. He was sick, and had been abandoned. He had even been attacked by coyotes. Well, he was rescued, cleaned up and nursed back to health.

Now, he has a new family, and a new name! His new parents have named him "Kobe", and he is one lucky dog. "A wonderful family with two children came in and adopted him," says Ramos. "He's now in his forever home and they are just in love with him.

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