How to protect your animals in the heatwave

Aug 31, 2022, 10:24 AM | Updated: 3:27 pm
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South Salt Lake animal shelter control officer Zach Allen pets a dog at the shelter in South Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Animal shelters are having more pets dropped off recently. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)
(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Our animals are not immune to the repercussions of recent record-breaking temperatures in Utah. And officials are asking pet owners to be aware that more of those hot days are expected this week.

Those who may be surrendering animals to shelters are also asked to keep the heat in mind as they make their plans.  

A shelter in St. George is telling people that if they need to surrender a pet, they should first call the shelter or its dispatch. Animals should only be dropped off during regular hours.

Here’s why — the shelter says animals are usually dropped off in hot plastic or metal crates with little to no water. In this record-breaking heat this could prove fatal or cause extreme heat exhaustion.

The shelter has seen an uptick in these drop-offs and urges owners to not leave their pets anywhere unattended.  

Other things to know about pets and the heat

During heat advisories, it is recommended that residents keep all pets inside. This generally assures that your pet will avoid the sun and heat. If you’re only able to keep your pet in your yard, replenishing water and giving them access to shade and ventilation is crucial for the pet’s well-being and survival. 

This summer, Utahns have seen temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal. In fact, the National Weather Service is recommending no strenuous activity during the heat of the day and this includes not taking pets on hikes or runs unless there is ample shade and ways to keep your pet hydrated.  

The Humane Society of Utah has compiled this list of safety precautions for pet owners. It details what you should know about heat-related illness symptoms in pets.

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