Keep Pets Cool and Safe in Hot Weather

As temperatures rise into the 90s across Michigan, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reminds pet owners to protect their animals from the heat. Here are six essential tips:

  1. Unlimited Fresh Water: Ensure pets have constant access to cool, clean water.
  2. Know Their Limits: Monitor for heat stress signs like panting and lethargy.
  3. Protect Paws: Avoid hot surfaces like asphalt and concrete.
  4. Avoid Harmful Algae: Keep pets away from water with algal blooms.
  5. No Parked Cars: Never leave pets in parked vehicles.
  6. Provide Cool Spaces: Ensure access to shade, fans, and air-conditioned areas.

For more detailed information and to report concerns, visit the MDARD website. Stay cool and keep your pets safe!

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