Local animal shelters cope with heat

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 3:52pm

Many pet owners take special precautions to care for their animals in hot weather. They put out extra water, trim long coats, and save walks for cooler temperatures. But animal shelters have a whole new set of challenges. Some shelters nationwide report that high temperatures and tight budgets have made cooling bills even harder to pay. And that's dangerous for the animals who are kept there.

Caddo Parish Animal Shelter isn't having these problems because its kennels are air-conditioned...and most of the animals are kept inside. But they're still taking precautions. They keep all outside kennels shaded and wet the asphalt regularly. They also use ice to cool down water bowls several times a day.

To keep your pet safe this summer, pay attention to the warning signs of heat stroke. Those include restlessness, excessive panting, and staggering when walking. If you have any questions about your dog's exposure to the heat, contact your veterinarian.

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