Jun 27, 2013 12:39 AM by Victoria Johnson

Keeping pets safe through a heat wave

With a heat wave upon us, it's important to take pets into consideration. If it's too hot for us, it's probably too hot for them. With temperatures on the rise, it's important for us and our pets to stay cool and hydrated.

"The same kind of heat stroke problems humans have, animals can have as well. It's one of those common courtesies to our animals to make sure we are looking after them," said Steve Kragenbrink, Community Programs Director at Woods Humane Society.

He says they are staying vigilant with the impending heat and pet owners should too.

"We always take precautions at the shelter. Our dogs are monitored closely in the play groups. We have pools we put out and shade," said Steve.

It's best to keep a close eye on dogs behavior.

"The thing you want to pay special attention to is how they are acting. If they are heavily panting, shaking, shutting down, they are collapsing; you'd want to make sure you pull them out quickly," said Steve.

Make sure to always give them shade at home and clean, fresh water.

"Make sure you give them the opportunity to cool down and cool off. Make sure they exercise wisely. Keep them limited to the morning and evening hours. If it's hot during the day, you aren't going to want to take a long walk with your animals," suggests Steve.
Leaving a dog in a car even for a short period of time in hot weather can be deadly. Steve suggests that if you do see a dog in that situation, call the Sheriff's department.



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