Fort Riley, Kansas



Rising temps hard on pets, pet owners


     Temperatures are soaring in Kansas, prompting heat adviso­ries and excessive heat warnings for many communities and the potential for heat-related inju­ries. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States. Heat injuries include heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

     Heat injuries may affect any­one, although children, older adults and pets are particularly susceptible. To avoid heat injuries this summer, the Kansas Divi­sion of Emergency Management advises following these safety tips:

                Stay out of the heat as much as possible. Limit outdoor activities until the cooler part of the day.

                Cover your skin with lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

                Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat, so if you must work outside for an extended period, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Make sure there is someone avail­able to check on you.

                Keep a close eye on children and check on elderly neigh­bors. Watch for signs of heat-related illness, such as sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heavy sweating, weakness, skin that is cold and pale or hot and dry, and high body temperature.

                Call 9-1-1 for suspected heat-related emergencies.

      Heatwaves become more dangerous each day they contin­ue. The cumulative effect of the excessive heat on the body leads to more cases of heat-related ill­ness and death. You can save a life by getting someone into an air-conditioned room for just an hour or two.

     KDEM officials suggest hav­ing a plan for where your family can go if there is a power outage. Many communities offer cooling centers or consider a trip to the movies, a mall or the library if you know someone who does not have a working air conditioner in their home.

     Additional information on what to do regarding extreme heat conditions may be found at index.shtml.



     Our pets can’t tell us when they are suffering from the heat, so watch for signs of heat stroke. These signs may include, but are not limited to panting, dehydra­tion, excessive drooling, increased body temperature, production of only small amounts of urine or no urine, muscle tremors, or wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement.

     To protect your pet from ex­treme heat:

                Ensure outside pets have water and plenty of shade. Bring pets inside for cooling breaks during the hottest part of the day.

                Check on pets frequently to ensure they aren’t suffering from the heat. If you’re gone during the day, ask a neigh­bor to check on them.

                Don’t leave your pet in an enclosed vehicle. A car’s internal temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a matter of minutes. A car’s interior may go from 80 degrees to 99 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can reach nearly 110 de­grees. After an hour, it’s at 123 degrees!

      More information on heat safety for pets can be found at­mals/resources/tips/pets_safe_ heat_wave.html.


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