With soaring summer temperatures in the forecast, a reminder to pet owners to keep pets safe

(WXYZ) - With temperatures expected to reach up to 90 degrees within this next week, pet owners should be mindful of how long their pets are outside.

The Michigan Humane Society is encouraging pet owners to keep pets indoors and is providing some useful hot weather tips to protect pets from the soaring summer temperatures expected this week that can result in serious heat-related dangers for the animals.

If you are trying to decide whether to take your pet for a car ride in the warm weather or leave him or her at home, keep this in mind. A press release from the Michigan Humane Society said that on an 85-degree day, even with the car parked in the shade and the window cracked, the internal car temperature could potentially reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes. Bump that temperature up to 100 and the inside of a car can surpass 120 degrees.

Dogs and cats use panting as a cooling process. Breathing in the overheated air in a parked car does not allow pets to properly cool off which could lead to irreparable brain damage or in extreme cases, death.

Some more hot weather tips from the Michigan Humane Society to protect pets are:

• Do not keep pets outside for long periods of time in very warm, humid conditions, even if there is shade for them.
• Always keep fresh cool water available for your pets.
• Avoid chaining or tethering a dog outside because the dog could become tangled and be unable to reach shade or water.

The Michigan Humane Society says that if you suspect that your pet is overheated, immediately immerse him in cool water. If that is not possible then lay him on cool, shaded grass, pour cold water over him, and immediately call a veterinarian.

For more information about pet health and safety, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

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