The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Ventura County and neighboring areas beginning Tuesday, June 15th through Friday, June 18th. Temperatures are expected to reach up to 104 and higher, increasing the potential for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Please remember that humans are not the only ones affected by soaring summer temperatures. Furry friends are also at risk for heat-related illnesses if the proper precautions are not taken by their owners. Be sure to provide easy and frequent access to water and shade when spending time outdoors with your animals. Stay indoors in an airconditioned space if/when possible.
Common surfaces such as sidewalks and inside cars can reach scorching temperatures much hotter than the air itself. The photo of asphalt above was taken in the shelter parking lot when the temperature outside was 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We hope this will make pet owners think twice when considering taking their furry friends out for a stroll during a heatwave. Stay cool everyone!