Heat Advisory Issued for Animals by Charleston Animal Society
Heat Indexes in the Danger Zone Expected this Week
Charleston (July 5, 2016) – With heat indexes nearing 110-degrees this week, Charleston Animal Society is issuing a heat advisory for all animals. Local meteorologists have also issued a heat advisory for people.
Specifically, Charleston Animal Society is urging caretakers of working animals, such as horses and mules that pull tour carriages downtown, to lighten their animals’ workloads and schedules. While the Charleston City ordinance allows tour carriage operators to host tours until a heat index temperature of 125-degrees, Charleston Animal Society believes that this temperature is much too high for the safety of these horses and mules.
“It’s important to remember that heat and humidity can be a deadly combination to both people and animals. In the case of working animals, their employers need to remember that state law prohibits animals from being overworked, overdriven or overloaded, especially during these extreme weather conditions,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.
- Keep Animals Cool.Animals can become dehydrated quickly, so it is imperative to provide them with plenty of water when it is hot outdoors. Pets should also have a shady place to escape the sun if outside and they should never linger on hot asphalt during periods of extreme heat. This can cause an animal to heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
- Spot the Symptoms. Signs of overheating in pets include increased heart rate, excessive drooling and panting, difficulty breathing, weakness, elevated body temperature (over 104 degrees), and even seizures. Even if swimming, a dog can easily get sick in the heat.
- The Young and the Oldare at the highest risk for heat illnesses. Be careful with older pets and with puppies and kittens, by limiting their time outdoors.