The Animal Control Division of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department urges the public to take steps to protect pets during hot and humid weather, especially if they are kept outside. Overweight, young and older pets are at greater risk for heat-related stress. Dogs with stub or shorter muzzles can't pant very well, which is an important function to help pets cool down.
Recommendations for keeping your pet cool include the following:
If your pet gets overheated, bring the temperature down by soaking the animal in cool water and seek veterinary care. Warning signs include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rates, seizures, vomiting, collapsing or lethargic behavior.
More information on animal ownership is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: animal control) or by calling 402-441-7900.