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|Pets and Farm Animals Sweating the Heat Too
|The heat isn't just affecting you, it's affecting the animals too.
Temperatures may not threaten the triple-digit plateau Friday but the heat index likely will soar into the one-hundreds. Knox County Humane Society Director Erin Buckmaster advises dog owners to walk their pets either early in the morning or later at night.
And when doing so, she tells WGIL there's a few things to remember.
"Make sure you're not walking your dog on the hot pavement because it's amazing how hot asphalt could be," Buxmaster said. "Always make sure you have plenty of shade and plenty of water available, and whenever possible always take your pet inside the house."
Buckmaster also warns against leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle. She asks if anyone sees this occur, to immediately contact your local authorities.
As for any cattle farmers, Bill Hennenfent--of the Knox County Farm Bureau-- says they don't need too much more than normal supervision.
"Basically check them early in the morning and let them do their thing during the day, is the most important thing," Hennenfent said. "They tend to not have a lot of activity. They'll come out at night to cool down and do some grazing and that. (So) just check them out and make sure they have a good water supply is always the most important thing."
Hennenfent says on days like Thursday or Friday, farmers always put their livestock before themselves.
He says most farmers work through the dangerous heat, but others may avoid the conditions by filing paperwork or doing other indoor-related tasks.
|06 29 12 by Newsroom
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