For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Milwaukee is Heating
Things Up This Summer...Literally
– Milwaukee is having a heat wave, and
your companion animal could be in danger. Just like
people, companion animals are very susceptible to
heat stroke and heat exhaustion when the temperatures
climb. The Wisconsin Humane Society offers the following
tips to keep your furry pal safe:
NEVER leave your companion animal in a parked car,
even with the windows down. The inside of a parked
car can reach 160 degrees in just a few minutes.
Exercise your canine only during the cooler parts
of the day. Early morning and evening hours are
best. Also leave your animal outside for only short
periods of time.
Provide your companion animal with plenty of fresh
cool water at all times.
NEVER tie your furry pal outside on a choke collar.
This tip applies all year round; he or she could
choke to death.
Allow access to the coolest part of your home. If
you don't have air conditioning, or you turn it
off while at work, make sure your companion animal
can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke, which
include extreme panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting,
diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red gums
and blue tongue or lips.
If your companion animal does exhibit signs of heat
stroke, move Fido or Fluffy to a cool place; lower
their body temperature by wetting them with cool
water (do NOT apply ice); and immediately take your
animal to a veterinarian for further treatment.
veterinarian is available for interviews and can
show how to cool down a companion animal. To schedule
an interview, please contact Michelle Pintar at