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Dangerous Mid-Missouri heat increases risks for pets

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

As Mid-Missouri is expecting to see temperatures reach the upper 90's this week, pets are at an increased risk for heat-related illness or injury.

The Central Missouri Humane Society is reminding residents that it is never safe to leave a pet in a car unattended. Even with windows rolled down, the temperature inside of a car can increase drastically in just minutes.

Pets can dehydrate just as quickly as humans and it's important to pay attention to the surfaces pets touch.

According to CMHS, dogs' sweat glands are located in their paws and hot surfaces such as blacktops and concrete can impact their core temperature negatively.

Pets are at varying risks for heat stroke depending on their age, weight, and other various diseases among other variables. Certain breeds of dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke. Boxers, Pugs and other dogs with short muzzles have a much harder time breathing in the heat as they can't pant as effectively.

The humane society says a good rule of thumb is if you're hot, your dog is most likely hot as well. They recommend bringing plenty of water on any outdoor walks and ensuring your pet is always hydrated.

As temperatures increase, the humane society says it's also important to remember the population of parasites and bugs does as well.

Flea and tick preventatives are of utmost importance, according to CMHS. The organization says many pet owners don't think about heartworms, which pets can contract through a mosquito bite.

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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.

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