Heat Safety for Humans and Pets

In the heat of summer, with the eighty and ninety degree highs expected over the next week, extra caution is needed not only for people but also pets.

Family Practitioner Kelly Kleinschmidt advises getting a fan, staying hydrated, and taking breaks as needed if spending time outside.

"It’s so good and healthy to be outside,” Kleinschmidt said. “Summers are short. You know, we all kind of know put on sunscreen. Hats are super helpful to keep the sun out of the eyes. But just as you’re scheduling your day and you’re scheduling fun activities, just remember to take breaks. If you have two hours out in the sun and it’s noon day sun, two hours is probably enough and you need to get out into the shade and take a break."

Kleinschmidt also suggests putting a cold compress on the back of your neck if you start feeling dizzy or nauseous. If symptoms persist, they could be a sign of dehydration.

This heat does not only affect humans- dogs and even cats can feel the effects as well. Animal Allies Practice Manager Kelsey Pettit recommends walking your dog on grass or another cool surface instead of asphalt, taking your dog on long walks in the early morning or late evening instead of midday, and providing all pets with plenty of cool water.

“Cats can experience heat stroke just like a dog can. Just think that if you don’t want to be outside, your pets probably don’t either.”

For more information about how the hot weather is affecting the area, tune into the Storm Track Northland Environmental Series. The next part of this three-part series will be on WDIO News at Six on Monday.