Heat warning includes protecting pets too

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It’s important to remember the heat warning this weekend extends to our pets as well. Local animal experts say do to the potentially dangerous conditions we need to pay extra special attention to our pets over the next few days. Animals can overheat and get dehydrated, so it’s important to keep your pets inside, in cool areas, and with plenty of cold water.

Outdoor pets need shade, cold water, should be monitored repeatedly, and according to Kate Turner with Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter, leaving your pets inside a car with the windows cracked isn’t good enough.

“Even with the windows cracked on a 75-degree day it can creep up into the 100’s over a couple of minutes, but if we already a heat index of 105, just having your windows cracked a couple of inches isn’t going to be enough, so when in doubt, keep your pets at home.”

Here are a few tips and reminders:

*Try and get your dog walk in early in the morning or later at night

*Extreme heat affects older and obese dogs, so throw in a few extra check-ups

 *Indicators of overheating include excessive panting or lethargic behavior

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