Protect your pets during extreme heat

Protect your pets during extreme heat

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 10, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It is going to be another scorcher today in the Las Vegas valley and everyone is looking for ways to stay cool.

It is also important to not forget about how pets can be affected by extreme temperatures.

Pets can get dehydrated very quickly. So, make sure you have water on hand if you take your pet for a hike or walk.

Also, dogs and cats can overheat just like humans. Therefore, it is a good idea not to exercise in the middle of the day.

If you are unable to keep your animal indoors, make sure they have a shaded area to lie in. Also, a shallow wading pool filled with water can help keep animals cool.

In addition, never lock your pet in a car.

According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the temperature inside a car or truck can rise 19 degrees in just 10 minutes or 29 degrees in 20 minutes.

Cracking the windows of a vehicle does not help.

If you think that your pet might have a heat stroke, here are some steps to follow:

-- If you are not able to get your pet to a veterinarian immediately, move the animal to a shaded area

-- Place a cool or cold, wet towel around the neck and head of the animal

-- Run cool water over the body of the animal to help diffuse body heat

An excessive heat warning is in effect between 10 a.m. today and 10 p.m. tomorrow.


Joyce Lupiani

Joyce Lupiani

Email Twitter
Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for and contributes to and