Animal officials give tips on how to keep pets safe in the heat

As summer nears, animal officials want to remind you of a few tips to keep your pets safe and healthy.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA recommends keeping a close eye on pets especially if they're spending more time outdoors, as well as making sure they have access to shade and plenty of water.

They also say you should check the pavement before taking your dog on a walk because if it's too hot it can burn their paws.

"Make sure that you place your palm down on whatever surface that may be whether that is blacktop or sidewalk for a few seconds. And if it starts to really hurt your hand it is going to be too hot for your dog to walk on for any period of time," says Walter Fenstermacher, the Director for Brandywine Valley SPCA – Georgetown.

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