Milwaukee and the surrounding area is going to experience extreme heat over the next few days and into the weekend. Milwaukee Health Department wants to remind you how dangerous events like this can be. During warm weather, especially extreme heat events, it is important to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed. If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, contact a medical provider. If a health issue is an emergency, dial 911.
For more information from the MHD click here.
For a list of area Cooling Stations click here.
While the heat is dangerous to humans it can be exponentially more dangerous to our four legged friends.
Below are a few tips from the Wisconsin Humane Society to keep your pets safe in the extreme heat.
- Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, because overheating can kill him. The inside of a vehicle can reach 160 degrees in mere minutes, even with the windows cracked.
- Take walks in early morning or after sunset. On especially hot days, any outdoor exercise should be brief and in the cooler hours.
- Test the pavement with your palm. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.
- Never leave an animal out in the sun. Always ensure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water.
- Regulate the temperature inside your home. Use AC, fans, or give access to cooler areas like a basement or darker room with tile floors.
- Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Boston terriers, Pekingese, Pugs, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and Bulldogs are especially vulnerable. Dogs with heart or lung diseases should be closely monitored.
- Watch for signs of heat stroke. These include panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red gums, and blue tongue or lips.
- Treat heat stroke immediately. Move them to a cool place and lower their body temperature with cool (NOT icy) water, then contact your veterinarian.