The Berkshire Eagle   reports many pet owners might not realize that high temperatures can be worse on their pets  who don't have the option of stripping down to their cargo shorts.

The Berkshire Humane Society says pet owners need to be mindful of their pets' activities and whereabouts during the weekend heat wave. Temperatures are expected to head north of 90 and humidity will drive an even higher heat index.

So it is, extremely important to keep pets indoors, out of the sun and hydrated.

If they must spend time outside, they need access to shade, even as the sun moves across the sky, and plenty of water along with ice cubes. A kiddie pool would help for dogs that enjoy playing in water, but make sure that water bowls and pools are in shaded areas, animal welfare advocates say.

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