The hot weather definitely takes its toll on the human body, but for the family pet, the elevated temperatures can do even more damage if precautions aren't taken.
As the sun bears down on KELOLAND, the danger increases for anyone in its path, and that includes our family pets.
"Just like people, when it's this warm, it's really hard on you. We always drink extra liquids; those dogs need extra water," Andy Oestreich with the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society said.
The heat danger increases if the pet has nowhere else to go, like being trapped in a car, even if the windows are down.
"When you pull up to a parking lot, you have the asphalt and that's going to be hot. And then you have the windows magnifying the heat in the vehicle," Sioux Falls Animal Control officer Jen Trotter said.
That's what happened to a two-month-old puppy on Monday. He was inside a vehicle in a store parking lot until someone spotted him and called for help.
"The animal is ok. We are required to take it to the vet to get it checked out, so the owner will get the vet bill on top of the dog being lodged here as well," Trotter said
Unfortunately, this pup wasn't the only call for help.
"We are getting a few animals in car calls and some at the residences where dogs are in kennels alongside the houses," Trotter said.
The heat can cause severe problems for humans and pets alike. Imagine yourself walking outside right now in a thick, fur coat. That is what is happening with our pets when they go outside.
"They don't have the thing where they can sweat. They can't perspire like we can, so that just amplifies everything for them," Oestreich said.
Even the most ordinary of tasks become dangerous, including going for a walk. The hot ground can cause burns to the pads of the dog's feet if they're walking too far, or standing still too long.
It is just more evidence that pets and heat are never a good combination.
It can take only 10 minutes for your car to get up to 102 degrees, so if your pet does want to go for a ride, make it a quick trip around the block instead of taking them along on an errand.