Rising temperatures causing nationwide concern

Rising temperature are not only a problem in the tri-state, but are causing concerns nationwide.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning in 14 states, including both Ohio and Indiana which are in effect until Thursday evening.

According to the organization, such a notice means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur with heat index readings expected to peak at 110 degrees or more.

Heat indices determine what the temperature feels like when taking humidity into consideration.

At least 12 lives have already been claimed across the country due to the excessive heat.

The NWS encourages all residents to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors throughout the course of the heat wave.

Fire Weather Watches are also in effect for the Tri-State. Boone County has issued a burn ban, which is in addition to the current EPA burning restrictions and can be enforced by local sworn officers.

The Butler County Humane Society is also reminding residents to take care of their pets. The office says they've already treated a stray greyhound who was overcome by heat.

"Fortunately, this dog made it and recovered, but we had several cases last year where they did not despite the efforts of our Humane Society Officers and the Veterinary Staff of Animal Friends Humane Society," said Julie Holmes, Chief Dog Warden.

All animals are susceptible to excessive heat related problems. A dog's body temperature is much higher than ours and they have to pant in an effort to stay cool. Often dogs will overwork themselves just panting, this is especially for older dogs and can lead to hyperthermia and heat stress and even heart attacks. Signs for hyperthermia and heat stress include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, staggering when they walk, vomiting, and a purple tongue. If your pet is showing these signs immediate action must be taken to get your pet out of the heat and to a veterinarian.

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