Protect Your Pets from High Heat, Humidity

Jun 20, 2016

Credit NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Temperatures are expected to creep back into the 90’s Monday and that can mean a health risk for outdoor pets. That’s especially the case when humidity levels spike as well. 

Lexington Humane Society Development Manager Ashley Hammond says there’s not a specific temperature for specific dogs when the risk is highest., “If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet. You want to make sure you limit the time that they spend outside if the humidity level is high as well as the temperature is high."

Mosquito-transmitted diseases have received a lot of attention with concerns about the Zika virus. Hammond says mosquitoes can pass heartworm disease from one dog to another. Fortunately, commonly-used heartworm medications are effective.