With the thermometer hovering near the century mark each day in Central Missouri, Callaway County Humane Society President Sandy Corbet says pets now require special care.
Corbet said during extremely hot summer days it is always best to bring a pet indoors.
"If a dog is kenneled during the day outside, be sure there is shade for the dog throughout the day. The sun moves and can leave a dog in the direct sunlight, exposing him to high heat," Corbet said.
Corbet said it's especially important to keep cold water available for dogs. "It's best to change the water two to three times a day," she said.
Some dogs tend to knock the bowl over, spilling all of the water. If this persists, Corbet suggests digging a small hole and placing a plastic bowl in the hole and tamp dirt around the outside of the bowl to keep it in place. It's best to use plastic because a metal bucket or bowl is likely to rust while placed in the ground.
When going on hikes, picnics, or a trip to parks, it's a good idea, she says, to always bring a water bowl for the pet.