JACKSON, WY\u2014 The dog days of summer are here, and while it\u2019s the favorite season for most pets, summer does come with important responsibilities for owners. Here are the top three risks facing your pets this summer: Hot Cars Deadly Heat Stroke It\u2019s July 3, and a dog has already died after being left in a hot vehicle. This tragic situation happens every year in the greater Jackson area. PAWS has made a handy temperature chart to remind you when it\u2019s too hot. We live at high altitude and the sun is incredibly strong. 75 degrees may feel pleasant to you, but to a dog trapped inside a car, it's DEADLY. When temps reach the 80\u2019s cracking a window is NOT enough. If your dog has any types of ailments, is a flat nosed breed, is overweight or is late in age, their risk of heat stroke increases drastically. If you see a dog in a car in distress (panting, slobbering, uneasy and anxious) please call the Sheriff\u2019s Department to have an officer come to you: 307-733-2331. 4th of July Fireworks Dogs AT LARGE Every year during fireworks displays, pets escape. We humans find fireworks exciting, festive, and beautiful. Unfortunately, our pets think they are under siege and the world is ending around them. Keeping your pets tagged and contained is the best way to keep them safe. Well before the fireworks begin, make sure your dog has their harness or collar on with identification. If your cat is indoor\/outdoor and is microchipped, excellent. If they are not, best to catch them early in the day and keep them inside. Thunder shirts and calming aids are great options for dogs who have anxiety and are sensitive to loud noises. Crating your dog or securing him in one room with music and low lighting will help keep him calm. If you are visiting Jackson and are in an RV or car, your dog is at high risk of escaping. Please make arrangements with a local boarding facility or stay within eyesight of your vehicle. High River High Risk We all love floating the rivers throughout the summer with our friends, both canine and human. Please be aware that there are multiple hazards for dogs even in the mellower areas of the rivers and creeks. Put Fido\u2019s safety above your enjoyment and leave them at home on busy and dangerous days such as the 4th of July. They may be bummed to miss out, but it's our job as owners to keep them safe and alive. If you must take your dog on the river, please be sure they are outfitted with a life jacket.