Keep pets hydrated, especially during hot weather
McHenry County Animal Control (MCAC) urges pet owners to take special precautions with pets during hot weather.Dr. Lisa Lembke, MCAC’s Veterinarian Manager, offers these tips from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to keep your pets safe during extreme heat: Pets can get dehydrated very quickly so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors; also provide a shady place to get out of the sun. If at all possible, keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Never leave animals in a parked vehicle – even with the windows open – as this can lead to fatal heat stroke. Know the symptoms of overheating in pets (e.g., excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, stupor, bloody diarrhea, seizures). Don’t let animals walk on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, an animal’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive paws can burn. Keep walks to a minimum. For more information, call McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center at (815) 459-6222 or visit www.mcdh.info. Get the latest information on Facebook and Twitter www.twitter.com/mchenrycohealth.