JOPLIN, MO--- As our viewing area continues to operate under a heat advisory, the Joplin Humane Society reminds pet owners to also protect their animals. Kennel technicians warn that dogs and cats can suffer from the same heat-related injuries that people are prone to. It is necessary that all animals be provided fresh food and water. Animals with long hair should be groomed so they stay cooler. And pet owners should recognize if an animal is lethargic or over-panting. Those are signs they may be suffering from a heat stroke.
"Make sure they're acting right-- that they're not sick. they're not lethargic. It's just really super important. They can get sick just like we do in this heat. So really important to keep that water fresh for them and check on them on a daily basis," according to Carol Wiley, a kennel technician at the Joplin Humane Society.
The humane society also urges owners of farm animals to check on their animals and provide fresh water.