Pay attention to pets’ needs in hot weather

Pet owners need to use their head when taking animals with them in vehicles

Re: Hot days, fur coats don’t mix (News, May 16)

It seems every year some of us need to be reminded, yet again, that our pets are at the mercy of their caretakers for their well-being. I get so angry when seeing dogs left in cars in the heat, and have made calls to the authorities a couple of times after seeing animals in distress. Smarten up, people.

People should also be more aware that walking dogs on cement and asphalt sidewalks at the hottest time of the day isn’t the most caring thing to do. I’ve even witnessed dogs trying to pull on their leashes to get over to the grassy areas to walk.

While my vet’s office confirmed to me that very few breeds are not bothered by this, most are, and with all the breed mixes out there, why not just exercise yourself and your pet in the cool of the mornings or evenings?

They will love you all the more!

P. Thorner

Esquimalt

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