Keeping your pets cool this summer

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- As temperatures in the Grand Valley climb into the triple digits, it's important to keep your pets cool.

Experts shared a few tips on how to keep your pets safe this summer. It's best to keep your pets indoors during the heat of the day. Dog walks are best in the morning or evening, when temperatures are mild. If the asphalt, or sidewalks, are too hot to rest your hand, then it's too hot to walk your pup! Dogs can burn their paws on the hot surface.

It's also vital to make sure your pets have plenty of cold water to drink. Some dogs may even enjoy splashing around in a kiddie pool.

"Dogs don't have sweat glands so when they get hot they're going to pant. So when they start to pant, you're going to see a little bit of drool. When you start to see them drying up, and they're not so drooly, and continue to pant, and start to lay down, they become very lethargic. That's their sign that they're overheating and you want to get them inside," said Sandy Higgins, Multimedia Storyteller for Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Another crucial tip is to never leave your pet alone in a car. When it's 90 degrees outside, temperatures inside a car will climb to 109 degrees inside a car after ten minutes.

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