As summer truly hits its stride, the temperature is going to fluctuate between perfect and OH GOD WHY IS IT SO HOT AND HUMID CAN WE HAVE THE SNOW NOW PLEASE?

That’s crazy talk, but it’s what the heat does to us in Connecticut. We’ve already covered the fact that it turns your car into an oven that can kill animals and destroy any random belonging left behind while you run into the supermarket.

But today, we cover the fact that the heat can do damage even when not confined to your car and turning your seat belt into a scalding piece of metal death. Most notably, our beloved pups are prone to exhaustion and heat-related illness, and we have to do our best to keep them cool.

WTNH spoke with a local veterinarian and he had some surprising things to say. Of course, if your dog is vomiting or has diarrhea or is lying on the ground unresponsive, you’ll want to seek veterinary attention immediately. But even if the circumstances aren’t extreme, you need to watch your dog closely, provide them with plenty of cool water, and give them a chance to get into the air conditioning to cool down once in a while.

Honestly, my secret hope is that if someone has welcomed a dog into their life, they know to pay attention to all these things. But with the number of dogs that die because they were left in a hot car, it’s clear that not everyone treats their pets with love and respect.

So if you see a dog that’s looking a little too hot, let the owner know. And if you don’t see the owner, try and do what you can to help the dog – even if it means calling the cops. There’s no reason a dog should be anything other than happy to be outside in the sunshine, and we should be doing everything we can to make sure that’s the case.

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