MENANDS, N.Y. – With high humidity and temperatures in the 90s hitting the region, experts are asking pet owners not to overlook also protecting animals from the dangerous effects of this week's heat wave.
A dog's body temperature is naturally around 100 degrees and they don't have sweat glands, so keeping them cool becomes increasingly important in warmer weather. The only way to keep cool is by breathing cool air in through their mouths by panting, which is why it is so important to keep your dog as cool as possible when the weather becomes dangerously warm.
Bring outdoor pets indoors. If that isn't an option, keep fresh water near them at all times. Even a kiddie pool is recommended for dogs to cool off while outdoors.
Brad Shear, of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, said that a major misconception many people have is that animals can tolerate the heat better than people can, but urged people to consider that if it felt hot to them, it does for pets too.
"I think people just assume that animals can tolerate more than they can, and they just weren't made for this kind of weather," said Shear. "If they were roaming free, they would try to find the coolest space they can, and if they're in their backyard a lot of times there isn't a space cool enough."
Workers at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds are also taking extra precaution in caring for their livestock in this week's heat.
Schuylerville teen Stephanie McBath is one of dozens of helpers who take care of the livestock in the barns at the Fairgrounds.
"They have fans on them all the time, they have water every hour or so they're lying in nice fresh hay, they really love it in here," says McBath. "Honestly, this is one of the coolest places on the fairgrounds.
Another farm worker, Janet Hanehan of Saratoga Springs, agrees. "They get washed every day; they can get sprayed down whenever they need it. It's very comfortable. This is better than when they are at home," she says.
Here are few tips from the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to help your pets get through the heat wave safely: