Today promises to be another in a series of 90-plus degree days. The week ahead will see the mercury continue to creep up even further, and it isn’t even June. The intense heat can be extremely dangerous to both humans and pets. With this in mind, the National Weather Service and the ASPCA have some tips to make sure everyone stays safe during summer heat waves.
• Take it easy, and slow down. Strenuous  physical activity such as pushing a lawn mower should only be done during the coolest time of day, early in the morning. Make sure to take breaks and pace yourself.
• Dress appropriately for the weather. Light colored clothes in lightweight fabrics not only help reflect the sunlight, they help your body maintain a healthy temperature.
• Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol. Drink water or other non-alcoholic fluids even if you do not think that you are thirsty.
• Spend as much time as possible in air conditioning. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, try to spend the hottest parts of the day in an environment that does. Even a small amount of time in air conditioned locations will offer some protection.
• Avoid getting a sunburn and make sure to wear sunscreen. Sunburned skin stymies the body’s ability to dissipate heat effectively.
• Ensure both indoor and outdoor pets have access to plenty of clean fresh water.
• Provide outdoor pets with a shady area where they can stay out of direct sunlight.
• When walking your dog, do not linger on asphalt. The dark color retains warmth and your pets body can more easily overheat due to the close proximity. Sensitive paws can also get burned on the hot surface.
While these tips may help you make it through hot summer days, always remain vigilant. Immediately get to a cooler area and contact a heath professional if you feel you or your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It is better to be safe than sorry.