Pet owners try to help furry friends during Alberta heat wave

Pet owners try to help furry friends during Alberta heat wave

With most of Alberta under a heat warning, temperatures could become dangerous not just for us, but for our furry friends as well. Some dog owners are finding ways to stay cool during the heat wave.

Many pets and their owners enjoy the hottest summer days and seek cooling in the North Saskatchewan River.

“Air conditioning in the house, and he gets to go in the river. He loves chasing rocks and balls in the river,” said one Edmonton resident.

“A short walk to the river for a dip and then back home, where we enjoy the air conditioning.”

“We take the dogs down to the river every morning to let them run around for an hour so they can cool off and stay wet for the rest of the day.”

It was a blistering 32 degrees in Edmonton at 2 p.m. Tuesday. But the sidewalk along Gateway Boulevard was even hotter, at 44.3 degrees. Meanwhile, the dashboard of a car registered a dangerous 69.8 degrees Celsius. According to Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control, these temperatures can be deadly for pets.

Animal Control says they’ve had 47 reports of dogs being left in hot cars since May, including one that happened just Tuesday. When you say the temperature inside your car can lead to heat stroke, organ damage or even death for your pet in a matter of minutes.

They recommend exercising your dog during cooler times of the day and making sure he drinks plenty of fluids. They also remind pet owners to be careful when walking on sidewalks and sand, as this can burn your dog’s paw pads.

“We don’t go on long walks like we used to, we don’t go in the afternoon anymore. We try to keep him inside, even though he wants to be outside, we keep him inside where there’s air conditioning,” said one Edmonton resident.

For more safety tips, visit the City of Edmonton website.