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Tips for protecting animals during heat wave

Shelters will be closed on Friday, July 3, but open on July 4
By: Staff report
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With warmer weather and the Fourth of July weekend approaching, El Dorado County Animal Services is providing pet owners with tips to keep their animals safe and healthy. They are also informing the public that the County Animal Shelters will be closed on Friday, July 3 but open on July 4. According to Supervising Animal Services Officer Lt. Robert Gerat, dogs, cats and livestock can be affected by hot weather, just like people. “Because of their thick fur or hair, animals naturally have warmer body temperatures and can get overheated if they do not have adequate shade and water when temperatures rise,” said Lt. Gerat. In addition, the Fourth of July holiday is often stressful for animals who are spooked by fireworks and may run away to hide, according to Gerat. Taking steps to protect pets is important. Keep animals healthy and safe in hot weather: · Don’t leave your pet in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Temperatures inside a vehicle can climb to deadly levels within minutes, even with windows lowered. Leaving a pet inside a car in the shade is also not recommended because the sun can move and directly expose the car. · Make sure your pets and livestock have plenty of fresh water and shade, especially during extremely hot days. · Try to exercise your pets in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler, and make sure they have access to water. Tips for animals during Fourth of July: · Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays. · Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. · If you know your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before the Fourth of July on ways to alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety during the Fourth. · Don’t leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in the chain, risking injury or death. For additional information on programs and services provided by Animal Services, as well as hours of operation, visit www.edcgov.us/animalservices.