Before leaving pets home for the day, pet owners have to be sure their companions will be taken care of during the day's hottest hours.
The heat from the sun poses a clear danger to pets, said Sue Bobeck, community relations coordinator at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
While they are home alone, make sure they will be out of the direct sunlight for the duration of the day. Bobeck said windows should have the drapes closed, and if they are crated they need to be keep out of the sun in a well-circulated space.
All pets require access to fresh water, and she said their bowls should be checked more frequently since they may consume greater amounts of water just to stay cool.
In addition, any walking or exercise with your pet should be postponed to cooler parts of the day. She said pets and their owners should steer clear of hot concrete and asphalt since this could hurt the animals' pads - especially if street tar is so hot that it bubbles.
Bobeck said walking on the grass is a good alternative, but care should be taken to ensure dogs are not exposed to farming chemicals or lawn pesticides, which can be commonplace in the spring or summer.
Different types of pets have issues with respect to the heat, she said.
Snub-nosed dogs often have trouble breathing during stifling conditions, and have to be monitored closely whether at rest or at play.
Long-haired dogs and cats also suffer from the summertime heat, and Bobeck says routinely brushing out their dead hair will lighten their coat.
Shaving is not a bad thing, she said, although a short length of fur should remain to protect the skin.
Bobeck said rabbit ownership is common throughout the area, and an easy trick can keep them cool in their cages. Owners can fill a two-liter soda bottle with water to the-mark, freeze it, and then lay in down in the cage so rabbits can rest up against it.
Perhaps the biggest threat from the sun begins with an owners' intention to not leave a pet behind when he or she run errands. Bobeck said it is never permissable to leave a pet in a car, even with the windows open.