ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The First Alert Wx Team has been warning you of possible record-breaking temperatures this weekend. As the Humane Society of Missouri points out, it's a good time to prepare your pet for high heat.
Dr. Claire Kluge shares the following tips to protect your pet:
-Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is more than 70 degrees. When it's 72 degrees outside, a car's temperature can rocket to 116 degrees, even with the windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees in minutes. Leaving a pet in a hot, unattended car is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.
-Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car. Call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri ANIMAL ABUSE HOTLINE at 314-647-4400. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs IMMEDIATE attention.
-Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
-Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.
-Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun.
-When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.