It is no secret that we live in a hot and dry environment. Today we were the hottest place in the whole United States hitting 102 degrees around 5 p.m. Heat exhaustion, dehydration and heat stroke are very common this time of year sending hundreds of people and animals to the hospital each year. The key to keeping cool is hydration. Drinking water not only once you are outside in the heat but before and after as well according to Joseph R Jenkins of Hendrick Medical Center Trauma Center. The same can be said for animals. If you have to leave your pet outside for any reason make sure they have plenty of water that they can access and a shaded area for them to cool off. You should also NEVER leave an animal or human in a car with out proper air conditioner for ANY period of time. Today we tested to see just how different the temperature was outside compared to inside a vehicle. It was 80 degrees this morning and pleasant outside but when we left the thermometer in the car for 5 minutes it registered at 100 degrees! The car was even parked in the shade. Animals are at a greater risk of heatstroke than humans and even a short amount of time in extreme heat could lead to brain damage and even death.
If you are feeling over heated find some shade, drink some water, and try to cool down if this doesn't improve the way you feel seek medical attention immediately. This goes for pets as well if you have any suspicion that your pet is suffering from heat related illness take them to a veterinarian immediately. Your actions could be the difference between life and death.
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