By Paul Schmitt
With temperatures soaring into the eighty-degree range this holiday weekend, pet owners are reminded that the return of hot, humid weather is not a friend to our four-legged friends. Dr. Jordan Kobilca of Door County Veterinary Hospital and Luxemburg Pet Clinic says a few preventative measures can go a long way in protecting your dog in the heat as you enjoy outdoor activities.
Dr. Kobilca says if you ever have to travel and leave a pet in a vehicle for a brief time, be sure to park in a shaded area while keeping the air-conditioner on. Keeping a dish of fresh, cool water available to your pet at all times is advised as well. If you suspect symptoms of heat stroke, like excessive panting and lethargic behavior from your dog, Dr. Kobilca recommends bringing your pet to a veterinarian immediately. $$