Extreme heat can have extreme impact on outdoor workers, pets


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - It was brutally hot in Omaha Wednesday and it's expected to be brutally hot again tomorrow, too.

From construction workers to firefighters to technicians, all of them couldn't escape the extreme heat. That's why there were a lot of water bottles and jugs out at various places.

If you were outdoors Wednesday, you can probably relate to how those workers feel. For your pet, the feeling is no different.

"It doesn't take much for your pet to feel the impact of the heat," said Dr. Susan Kyle with Rockbrook Animal Clinic.

Dr. Kyle told FOX 42 News the feet of your pets are especially at risk.

"If your feet can't handle it, theirs definitely can't."

Hot concrete and asphalt can especially do damage. Dr. Kyle says temperatures of 95 degrees or greater means surface temperatures are above 150 degrees.

"It can actually burn their pads. It can burn them to the point where they'll slough off and it will be painful for them."

Not sure what to look for? Dr. Kyle says it's easy to spot.

"It's very sensitive to the touch and they'll shake their paws."

General rule of thumb: If you have to take your dog for a walk on something like concrete, it's best to hose off a path for it. If you don't have one, it's best to pour water all over where your pet is going to walk. That way it can keep their paws and pads cooler.

Veterinarians also urge you to not walk your pet in the middle of the day. It's best to go for a walk during the morning hours or at night.

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