As the temperatures continue to rise, the Nevada Humane Society is reminding dog owners to keep and eye on their animals.
"Our dog is our baby. We take him everywhere," said dog owner Chandler Lindsey. Lindsey loves her dog Remi so much, she took him for a walk at Rancho San Rafael Park. Like with a child, there are some things pet owners need to keep in mind during the summer.
"We don't take him out until the sun starts to set. So we didn't leave the house until 7," said Lindsey. "We find that taking them dogs in the early morning is the best, even some times after the sun has gone down. It cools the pavement a little bit," said Nevada Humane Society CEO Greg Hall.
The Nevada Humane Society says this is one of the worst times for a dog's paws. In the summer temperatures, pavement and cement can become quite hot. That's something people should keep in mind as they take their pets out for hikes and walks.
"The bottoms of paws are very sensitive not only to heat, but also to chemicals. They are like sponges. A lot of times a dog is tough too, so they don't show it. So you could find after having a dog 5 minutes on a hot pavement, you find their pads are blistering," said Hall.
To prevent this from happening, officials recommend that you walk dogs early in the morning or after the sunsets. Also, it's important to keep dogs off surfaces that may burn their paws and check the temperature of the ground to see if its hot. Use shade or water if you can, and look for signs the dog may be overheated. "We just make sure Remi not panting or laying down or sitting down a lot. We just make sure he has energy and feeling OK," said Lindsey.
It's also recommended that you have water with you if you can. Don't be afraid to bring booties for a dog if the ground is hot, or even sunblock. "Sun exposure is a real things for dogs. We've seen dogs get sunburn especially if they have a very short coat or pink areas of their skin," said Hall.
As a reminder, you shouldn't leave pets alone in hot cars for any period of time. It is illegal and could be fatal.