Keep pets safe from extremes of weather

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Keep pets safe from extremes of weather

Dear Cathy,

Though I agree with your response to the lady in Arizona who has the 12-year-old Golden Retriever who won’t drink water when outside, I also think that you should have said that a dog should not be kept all day in the heat, especially in Arizona. That poor dog. Please tell pet owners to keep dogs indoors during extreme heat. (Love the column.)

— Kristen, Schererville, Indiana

Dear Kristen,

Since it’s Fall, and we are heading into winter, I will make this an all-season alert. Please bring your pets indoors during extreme heat or extreme cold outside. During the summer, pets are susceptible to heat stroke if not given the proper shade for both them and their water. During the winter, water and pets can freeze if not provided a safe, dry place to stay warm. The general rule of thumb is, if it’s uncomfortable for you to be outside all day in the heat or cold, then it’s uncomfortable for your pet.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal (aka The Pet Pundit), CHES, CFE
Animal Welfare Communications Specialist

Cathy brings more than 35 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

Read more about Cathy here or check out her Non-Profit's page to see more ways she can help you and your organization.

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