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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:02 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Tue Jul 24, 2012.

Let’s face it — Phoenix is hot. And according to recent studies, Phoenix tops the list of America’s hottest cities with temps averaging between 89 and 99 degrees year-round, which is why it’s so important to keep pets safe from the scorching Arizona sun.

Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure pets are safe from the summer heat:

• Dogs wear fur coats all year-round. Dogs do not sweat through their skin like us. Instead, they release heat through the act of panting and sweat out through their foot pads and nose. Keep pups hydrated wherever you go with portable water bowls that will keep water cool.

• Find a shady place. We have jobs, families and other life obligations that may require leaving pets at home for hours at a time. If leaving pets outside, make sure there is a shaded area where they can rest, and keeping a kiddy pool nearby where they can cool off is always a good idea.

• Keep pets out of the car. Never leave your dog alone in the car on a warm day, even with the windows open. If the weather outside is not extremely hot, the inside of the car can act like an oven and temperatures can rise to dangerously high levels. For example, temperatures can rise an additional 30 degrees or more after just a half hour.

• Some dogs are more sensitive to heat. Short-nosed breeds like pugs and bulldogs are more sensitive to heat, so it’s crucial to use extra caution when these dogs are exposed to hot weather.

• Dogs get sunburned, too. Dogs, especially light-skinned pups, can get sunburn and melanoma. Apply sun block on the areas not covered in fur, especially the belly and nose.

Let’s face it — Phoenix is hot. And according to recent studies, Phoenix tops the list of America’s hottest cities with temps averaging between 89 and 99 degrees year-round, which is why it’s so important to keep pets safe from the scorching Arizona sun.

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