BANGOR – The Bangor Humane Society is reminding pet owners not to leave animals outside all day during the heatwave Maine is experiencing.
Older pets and those with dark or thick coats are especially susceptible to the heat, humane society officials said.
The ASPCA said pets with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, cannot breathe as well in hot, humid weather.
Those at the humane society recommend taking dogs for walks after dinner when it’s cooler.
“Take off your shoes and test sidewalks and pavement before going for walks, if it’s too hot for you it’s too hot for them and they can definitely burn their paw pads so you want to be careful,” said Stacey Coventry, the humane society’s director of development and public relations.
For animals kept inside while their owners are out, the humane society recommended leaving a fan on, putting out extra water, and contacting a veterinarian if animals show signs of heatstroke, such as being lethargic and not eating or drinking.