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Watch for pets distressed by extreme heat

Posted June 8, 2020

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Even pooches enjoy a cool dip on a hot summer day.

With triple-digit heat in the weather forecast this week, the city’s Animal Care and Control Division is asking residents to be on the lookout for animals that may be in distress due to extreme heat.

A few important hot weather tips to keep pets healthy:

  • Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, even if windows are partially opened. The vehicle can become like a furnace within 15 minutes. Temperatures can range from 131-172 degrees.
  • Dogs and cats need cool, shady places during the hot weather with plenty of clean, fresh water accessible at all times.
  • Feed animals in the cooler hours of the day.
  • Protect your dog’s paws from getting burned on hot pavement; walk your dog on grass or other cooler surfaces. Dogs’ paws can burn easily.
  • Take your dog for a walk in the early morning or evening rather than the heat of the day.
  • Heatstroke is life-threatening for dogs and cats. Signs to watch for are heavy or loud breathing, a staggering walk or a bright red tongue.

To report animals that may be in distressed situations, call, 817-392-1234.

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