Doctor Dave Cloutier with Veazie Veterinary Clinic says the quick warm-up can make it easy to forget that pets need more water and more access to shade now.
That’s because it’s harder for them to cool down when they heat up, since they can only pant or sweat through their paws.
Cloutier also says pet owners need to remember the danger of keeping animals in a car when its hot, too.
Even a short time can cause heat stroke for a trapped pet.
Dogs are most at risk of getting sick in a car, since they’re more likely to go for a ride with their owners, but Cloutier says cats need protection this time of year, too.
Even though they’re more sedentary and less likely to generate a lot of heat – cats still have a fur coat, they still don’t sweat and they still need access to water.