This week’s scorching temperatures-expected are prompting PETA to issue an urgent warning to anyone with a dog.

“Always test the pavement with your hand before setting out. If you can’t comfortably touch the surface for at least 10 seconds, then it is definitely too hot for your dog.”

PETA’s Jose Rodriguez also says pet owners need to be alert to a long, curled-up tongue and heavy panting, as dogs cannot sweat as humans can and heat builds up inside their bodies. He’s also encouraging dog owners to walk their pets in the shade, in early morning or in the evening when it’s likely to be a bit cooler.