Temperatures are expected to climb above 90 degrees starting Thursday, and heat index values will make it seem even hotter.
We hope people will remember their furry friends who spend time outside.
We can’t change the weather, but we can do some things to make conditions more bearable for our pets.
The Humane Society of the United States offers several tips on its website (www.humanesociety.org):
• Never leave your pets in a parked car. According to Humane Society, even on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with windows open slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees.
• Limit your pets exercise on hot days. Limit exercise to early morning or evening.
• Provide ample shade and water. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow.
• Provide plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible.
• Don’t rely on a fan to cool your pet. Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. Dogs sweat primarily through their feet.
• Watch for signs of heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness.
• How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke. Move them into the shade or an air-conditioned area.
Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
Take them to a veterinarian.
Please keep an eye out for your pets as the temperatures climb.