It’s no surprise that summer is officially here and with it, brings the scorcher of heat for the next three months. If you have pets, please follow these simple steps to ensure their safety and well-being. Make sure that your pets have plenty of water and food to keep them safe during these crucial few months. If you have a doggie door/ pet door then it is a good idea to leave a water bowl both inside and outside of your residence so that it’s readily available to your pet. Most importantly, please make sure that your beloved furry friends aren’t left outside in the heat all day. This goes without saying because if it is too hot for you to be walking around outside bare foot, then it is too hot for your pets. Leave your pets indoors always and consider, (if you don’t have one already) investing in a cage, play pen, or room divider so that your pet can be kept inside. When taking them out for a walk, it is best to do it early in the morning around 6 a.m. or late in the evening around 9:30 p.m. The hottest part of the day here in the valley is 4 p.m. and the coolest is around 7 a.m. Another important reminder is to NEVER leave pets in your vehicle unattended. Temperatures inside of your car when parked can reach over 125 degrees creating immediate danger to your dog or cat. Putting wet towels around their neck will help cool them off and allow them to regulate their body temperature and not pant. These tips will be sure to keep your pets safe, healthy, and happy!