While the extreme heat continues in Airdrie, it's important to make sure your pet stays cool as well.

Today with the humidex we could hit 35 degrees, tomorrow is forecasted to be the warmest day of this heatwave with temperatures possibly reaching 34 degrees that's before the humidex is factored in so it may feel even warmer. The rest of the week has temperatures expected to reach the high 20s with overnight lows dropping to the low teens.

The Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has some tips to help your pet enjoy the warm weather rather than dread it.

"On hot summer days, try to avoid the mid-day sun and go for walks in the morning or in the evening. If it is hot, try to focus your walk on grassy areas, not pavement or concrete. If your pet wants to play in the backyard, ensure they have a shaded spot to go to for a break and plenty of water."

Reducing the amount of time your pet is outside in the heat is always a good idea, having them inside where it might be cooler will help. If they are outside, it is important to keep an eye on them and make sure they are not overheating.

According to Alberta SPCA, some signs of heatstroke in a dog include:

  • Listlessness
  • Excessive panting
  • Diarrhea and Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Pet appears distressed

Alberta SPCA also highlighted It's very important to not leave your pet (or child) in a vehicle.

"Frozen treats are another great way to ensure your pet can cool off. A frozen Kong with their preferred treat, or placing kibble inside a bowl of frozen water will help keep them cool and entertained. If your house or apartment suite does not have air conditioning, keep a fan going in your home."

Also, if you do not have air conditioning, providing access to the coldest parts of the house like the basement can be important. Avoiding crates and kenneling your dog is also a good way for them to stay cool.

"Dogs need space to move around, and access to water on warm days. Putting them in a crate for any period of time could lead to heatstroke."

Here is what you should do if your dog is suffering from heatstroke:

  • Move to a cool or shaded area and direct a fan on him/her
  • Begin to cool the body by placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, in the armpits and the groin area
  • Wet the ear flaps and paws with cool water
  • Transport to a veterinary clinic immediately

It's important to not force water into your pet, but have it available if they show interest in drinking. Do not over-cool the animal and do not leave your pet unattended for any length of time.

To see some tips to stay safe in the heat yourself and avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion, click HERE.

The Weather Network explained that this heat is part of a "ring of fire" setup.

"[it is] a meteorological term that refers to the path that storms take around the outer periphery of a high-pressure centre or heat dome. Because of the excessive heat generated and radiated by the heat dome, storms along its boundary can be quite severe, as they tap into the extreme heat."

Airdrie is currently under heat warming, they are issued when very high-temperature conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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