With some of the hottest days of the season approaching, the Columbia/Boone County Animal Control Division is offering some tips to keep pets safe in the heat.
The first is to never leave a pet in a parked car. Temperatures inside can increase drastically very quickly.
Watch humidity on hot days. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is high, pets cannot cool themselves.
Pet owners should know the signs of heat stroke in animals. The symptoms include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, lack of coordination or unconsciousness.
Always provide ample shade and water, and limit exercise on hot days.