Hot temperatures can create health risks for pets

Pets need access to water, shade during temperature spikes

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – This week’s hot forecast could be rough for more than just you.

If you are walking your dog, be careful to avoid hot pavement.

The hot surfaces can easily burn animal’s paws.

Like people, pets should never be left alone in a parked vehicle.

The hot temperatures can cause death.

And pets can get dehydrated quickly, so make sure that you have plenty of fresh clean water available.

“If you normally put out one dish, put out two dishes. Make sure that they’re spill proof so if you do leave for a while or aren’t keeping an eye on your pet constantly that they can’t get tipped over. Put ice cubes in them, just to keep it cool,” said La Crosse County Animal Control Supervisor Kathy KasaKaitas.

If your dog is outside, be sure that they have shade and that any structure that they may be in has air flow.