Why the Shreveport Heat Advisory Should Worry Dog Parents
I spent a lot of time outside this past weekend and I suffered at the hands of the worst heat ever. the worst part for me is that I know it will only get worse. Temperatures are expected to hit triple digits by this weekend. The National Weather Service is warning all Ark-La-Tex residents of the serious dangers of this horrid heat. The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory effective from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm today.
Shreveport's heat index value may shoot up all the way to 108 degrees. The National Weather Service cautioned all Ark-La-Tex residents who work outdoors to take precautions to avoid serious heat-related issues. What about our four-legged friends? How will a heat advisory affect our pups?
You are used to taking your dog with you everywhere. Should you opt for keeping your dog indoors and not letting them tag along for a car ride? In short, yes. You need to limit exercise on hot days if you have a very active dog you need to make sure you limit their exercise, preferably just to early mornings or when the sun starts to go down.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, asphalt gets very hot, and it will be unbearable for many of our pet's paws. If you're like me and live in an apartment, you need to make sure you only walk them on the grass if possible. Don't plan to walk too far, make sure you have quick and easy access to water.
PLEASE bring your pups inside. If you opt to leave your pet out in the heat please provide shade and water. Cold Water and shade are super important. A dog house does not help your pet. In fact, dog houses are even hotter and make the chance of heatstroke even worse.