BOISE -- With temperatures soaring today, and for the foreseeable future, experts say everyone should be thinking about safety in regards to vulnerable groups like the elderly, young kids, and pets.
We've talked about the dangers of leaving a dog in a car, even for a few minutes. But, in this kind of heat, it's dangerous for a dog just in a backyard. That is, unless some simple safety safety measures are taken.
"This heat is hard on everybody," says Janet Lund, a volunteer at the Idaho Humane Society.
She knows all too well how hard the current heat wave can be on pets, especially dogs.
"They get dehydrated quickly, just like humans," said Lund.
But, unlike humans, there are not as many easily identifiable signs of dehydration.
"With dogs, you can't tell right away, that they're getting dehydrated or overheated," says Lund. "You don't see it coming. If they get too dehydrated too fast, they can die."
But, there are some signs, like excessive panting, excessive exhaustion, the skin losing elasticity, and in extreme cases, wobbly legs.
But, there are some simple things you can do to keep your dog healthy in the heat. While they still need their exercise, you should walk them early and late in the day. Brush them regularly to help them shed their heavy coat.
If you can keep them inside during the day, that's best. But, if that's not an option, they need constant access to shade and of course, water.
"Lots of water," said Lund. "Lots and lots of water."
Something else you can do is take your dogs to the river to play around, or leave a kiddie pool for them to play in during the day.