LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The temperature was so high today that the Coulee Region Humane Society kept their animals inside the shelter.
Animal Control Supervisor Kathy KasaKaitas warns pets owners that if it’s too hot for you, it’s also too hot for your pet to be outside in the heat.
“Only in just a few minutes they can get heat stroke. They start to get disorientated and they start to pant real heavy. So, it doesn’t take real long for them to go into some sort of heat exhaustion, ” KasaKaitas said.
In high temperatures, they keep playtime inside and only let the animals out for bathroom breaks. The Humane Society has worked hard to set an example for other pet owners on how to care for animals in very hot conditions. Just like the Humane Society, there are many ways that pet owners can keep their pets staying cool and hydrated during the heat.
In extreme temperatures, the Humane Society recommends to leave your pet at home, do not leave them outside for long periods of time, and invest in a spill-proof water bowl.
“If you leave for any short length of time and they tip their water over, they have nothing to drink. So we always recommend either fastening a bucket to a fence or a spill proof dish,” KasaKaitas said.
She also discussed how important it is to not leave your pet unattended in a hot car. It takes only six minutes for a dog to fail in a hot car. Even in an air conditioned car, unattended pets could pass out, lose consciousness, vomit or die as a result of the heat. KasaKaitas warns pet owners to not “love your pet to death”.
It’s also important to remember not walk your pet on hot concrete or asphalt. KasaKaitas recommends to walk very early in the morning or after sunset because the pavement can burn their feet. She tested the sidewalk temperature today and found out that the pavement in the shade is at least 20 degrees cooler than the pavement exposed to the sun.