Pet owners reminded to provide water, shade for high temps

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Temperatures in the Pine Belt are expected to climb into the triple digits this weekend, which means pet owners should prepare to provide extra care for their cats and dogs. The staff and volunteers at Southern Pines Animal Shelter are offering a few tips to help keep your pets cool in the coming days.

They include providing shade, plenty of cool water and avoiding lots of activity during the hottest parts of the day.

"Exercise should really be reserved for early in the morning or later in the evening when it's cooler," said Ginny Sims, shelter manager. "Rather than necessarily a containment outside, like a dog house that's going to have all the sides blocked up, just a nice shaded area where there's still airflow would be really helpful," she said.

And she is also reminding folks to never leave pets in cars during hot weather, even for a short amount of time.

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