With scorching temperatures this week in the low to mid-30s, you’ll want to take extra care when it comes to your pets. 

“If you do need to walk your dog, early in the morning or late at night is the best time,” said Dana Haukaas, executive director with the Moose Jaw Humane Society. 

“If you’re noticing those temperatures are staying hot even at those times, it’s best to just leave your dog inside,” she said, adding that for those without air conditioning, the basement is likely the coolest place in the house for them. 

Haukaas suggests checking the pavement before letting your dog walk on it. “If you take your foot out of your sandal and put your bare foot on the pavement and hold it there for 30 seconds – if it’s painful for you to hold it there, it is way too hot to walk your dog.” 

Other recommendations for dogs and cats include adding ice to their water or purchasing cooling vests or bandanas. “As the water evaporates, it helps them keep their body temperature down.” 

Haukaas said that if you notice your pet is being lethargic, panting excessively, or vomiting, it’s time to talk to a vet.