Triple-digit heat is expected this week for all of Central Texas. Heat advisories are issued, which means that air temperatures could be high enough for heat illnesses to occur.
According to doctors at the Heart Hospital of Austin, heat exhaustion can occur within ten minutes of being outside, especially if you do not take measures to protect yourself.
Some symptoms to be aware of include: heavy sweating, cold, pale skin, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness, dizziness and headaches.
It is recommended that individuals stay hydrated and avoid caffeine and alcohol if they know that they are going to be outside. If you are taking diuretics for high blood pressure, you need to be extremely careful about being in extreme heat situations.
It is also extremely important to remember that if it is too hot for you, it’s probably too hot for your pets.
Some important tips to remember: Check the pavement before going on a walk and be cognizant that lagging from your pet is the number one sign that your dog is too hot; Water! Getting your pet wet is the best way to spread the cooling process; Keep an eye on your dog’s tongue and eyes. Red eyes and a tongue hanging out of a dog’s mouth is an indication that they are overheating; Limit outdoor activity to short walks in shaded areas or consider taking an evening stroll; DO NOT leave your pet in the car! On a 95-degree day, a car reaches 129 degrees in less than 30 minutes.