With high temperatures and humidity forecasted for the next few days, the public is reminded to stay alert to the dangers of leaving dogs and other pets in a vehicle or without proper shade and fresh water.
The Animal Control Division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department warns that temperatures in vehicles will exceed outside temperatures and reach dangerous levels in a short period of time. The best plan is to leave your pets home or someplace cool rather than taking them in a vehicle. Never leave a dog unattended in a car or without shade and fresh water on hot days.
Dogs can only cool down by panting, which is much less efficient than sweating. If you must travel with a dog during hot weather, always make sure they have access to fresh, cool water, shade (no direct sunlight) and air conditioning.
Warning signs for an overheated pet:
Animals with flat faces are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can't pant effectively.
For more hot weather safety tips and to watch a heat video titled "Too Hot for Spot," visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: animal control). The public also can call Animal Control at 402-441-7900.