Heat and humidity can be deadly for your pets

KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Keeping cool in the extreme temperatures that have consumed the Tri-State is a feat that most people in the area are trying to overcome. You need to remember our four-legged friends are also trying to beat the heat, and they need your help to do so.

The Kenton County Animal Shelter is investigating three to five cases a day of animal neglect based on animals left in the hot sun without food or water.

"It's too hot. If it's too hot for us, it's too hot for them whose got a fur coat on. Get them inside," says Dan Evans, shelter director.

The shelter says shade and water are a must, limit exercise and recognize the signs of heatstroke.

"The difference between us and them, the number one thing is: we sweat, they don't. So you are going to see heavy panting," says Evans.

The best place to keep your pet cool is indoors but Evans says a fan or soaking your dog in cold water also works if you do not have air conditioning.

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