Heat-related illnesses can strike both man and beast; which is why Clay County Humane Society Shelter officials are asking people to not forget Fido during these extreme temperatures.
"It is very important that a dog, or any animal out in this heat, have clean, fresh water available throughout the day," Shelter Director Matt Moss said Wednesday.
Moss said the shelter receives an average of five calls from concerned citizens reporting dogs in potential danger because they are left or are chained in such a way that they are unable to get to adequate water and shade.
Dogs with short snouts, like Pugs, should be watched closely, according to Moss, who says these types of breeds are unable to use their snouts to regulate the air temperature while breathing.
"They can actually experience brain damage from breathing in too much air during weather like this," Moss said.
If overheated, Moss recommends slowly bringing down the animal's body temperature by using cool, wet towels instead of spraying it with a garden hose.
"That can send the dog into shock, and possible death," Moss said. "Take it to the shade or inside with air conditioning, wrap in damp towels and monitor its water intake."
For more information about pet care during extreme temperatures, log onto www.aspca.org.