Heat indexes reach triple digits in Upstate

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(WSPA) – It was a scorcher outside on Tuesday with the heat index at 107 degrees, but that didn’t stop people from having to work or spend time outside.

When walking your dog or pet outside in the heat, veterinarians said the most important thing to watch for is where they walk. Asphalt will heat up faster and can severely burn their paw pads. They recommend walking them in grass or mulch for protection.

Dr. Justin Martin with Martin Veterinary Services in Pelzer told 7 News that owners should have adequate shade, air flow and water for any animal that is outdoors.

“It’s important to have shade for the cows. Also, adequate water. Also, especially this time of year, it’s important to have electrolytes because horses sweat a lot and it’s important to have that salt block to relieve them,” Martin said.

Martin said owners should not spray an animal’s whole body with cold water when wanting to cool them off after being in the heat. Spraying their whole body will shock their system. He suggested to start with the feet or back of their legs.

As with animals, it’s important to stay hydrated. Anyone exercising or working outside should take breaks often to avoid over heating.

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