Tips on protecting your pets from the summer heat

The Dane County Humane Society says it’s important to keep your pet hydrated.
(Source: WECT)
(Source: WECT)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:46 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - As the weather heats up here in southcentral Wisconsin, the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is offering tips for pet owners to protect their furry ones from the extreme temperatures.

With temperatures expected to reach the 90s, The DCHS is encouraging pet owners to watch out for symptoms of heatstroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse, according to a release.

If you think your pet is having a heatstroke, call a veterinarian right away.

The DCHS adds it’s important to keep your pet hydrated. On very hot days, you should refill your pet’s water bowl more often. It’s also important to give your pet several options for cooling off, such as a fan, iced water or a cool treat.

Other tips from the DCHS include:

  • never leave your pet alone inside a car
  • take your pet for walks when it’s cooler—in the mornings or later evenings
  • avoid hot sidewalks that can easily burn your pet’s paws

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