Keeping your pet safe when it's hot outside

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - With the scorching temperatures we're seeing, having your pet outside for too long could be harmful to your animal.

Walking your dog in over 90 degree weather is too hot, especially walking on asphalt surfaces like sidewalks.

"Because of the black color, it gets a lot hotter then air temperature. We do see burns on their paws, especially if there's hot tar involved," says Tom Bettenhausen, Veterinary at Pinehurst.

Bettenhausen says the best way to avoid walking in hot temperatures is either walk earlier in the morning or later in the evening when those temps are lower.

"I try to walk her between 7 and 9 in the morning, especially if it's really hot then I try to go a little bit earlier," says Becky Brown, Bismarck resident.

Brown says the best thing to do is to carry water during walks, especially during this heat wave.

Dogs aren't the only animals that could be harmed from the three digit temps.

"We have to be careful too about the livestock in North Dakota too. That's a big portion of what we see at our clinic. The same thing goes with livestock and small animals," says Bettenhausen.

The advice Bettenhausen and Brown gives to pet owners is to limit your walks or not to walk your pet at all in this heat.

Pinehurst Veterinary Clinic in Bismarck also recommends owners not to do strenuous activities with your pet during temperatures over 90 degrees.