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How Experts Say to Keep Pets Safe from Heat

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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  This week was filled with high temperatures and a string of animal rescues calls throughout the metro.

Some head to the pool to beat the heat, but letting your pets also splash around is one of the best ways to keep them cool.

“We keep a pool in both of our yards so they can play in the water and walk through it if it gets too hot,” said Animal Lifeline Director Martha Wittkowski.

It’s too hot for some pups to walk outside, so carrying your animals is another good option.

“It heats up. I know if I was walking barefoot across it would hurt my feet, and he can’t put shoes on and I don’t want his feet to get burnt,” said Des Moines resident Misty Rivera about her dog Duke.

According to the ARL, a 90 degree temperature outside means the pavement is 100 degrees; this is the same for inside a car.

“We don’t leave him in the car and we take him wherever we go, and if we know we are going to be someplace for a while we will leave him at home,” said Des Moines resident John Rouse.

But some people don’t, Friday we told you about a man who left his dog inside the hot car while he shopped.

The dog survived, but Wittowski said that’s not always the case.

“It’s sad when they bring them to you and you can’t help them because it’s past the time.”

If you see a pet outside in distress, call for help.

The ARL says they rescue anywhere from three to four animals trapped in a car each day, and most of their calls come from good Samaritans.

For more tips on how to keep your pets cool, click here.

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