It's not just humans who become uncomfortable when temperatures soar. Pets can languish in the heat, too.
So we posed the question to local pet owners on Facebook: How do you help your pets stay cool in summer? Here's what they said.
Melissa Choat of Joliet: "I volunteer with "It's a Pittie Rescue. My foster fail prefers being inside because anything over 65 degrees or so and he’s uncomfortable. He’s 81 pounds of lazy. Making sure there is available, clean water is probably the most important. I have a white dog and he was just diagnosed with skin cancer. It’s benign, but I have to limit his sun exposure and apparently there is dog sunscreen I need to look into.
Jim Aman of Joliet Township: "We have four cats [3 to 5-year-olds and one 6-month-old kitten]. If the inside temp can be kept below 82, I leave the front and back doors and some windows open and all ceiling fans running. But above 80 inside, I will close up the house and use the a/c. Water bowls are kept filled. I monitor their activities and reactions for anything unusual."
Amanda Barnhardt of Joliet: Provide proper outside shade, a quality dog house, and give fresh cool water often. Only allow supervised play. Restrict the pet's time outdoors during the hottest hours. Know the breed of dog you have and understand the difference between coats: hair vs. fur, etc. Do not shave your dog without understanding his/her coat.. they often need their hair/fur to help keep them cool. Never ever leave a pet in a hot car, or tied up outside, or in the direct sun light. Watch for excessive panting and know the signs of heat stroke."
Julie Bellinghiere of Wilmington/Braidwood: "Let them play in water."
Diana Bright, co-owner of BrightDogs in Joliet: "Even at daycare we cool them down. Nothing like fun with the hose."
Jim Brodnicki of Rockdale: "Have a shaded place for them outside of you're going to have them out. Our Daisy loves her little swimming pool. Iris likes to lay under the evergreen trees. Keeping them brushed helps too. Helps keep the hair thin." Both are Australian/shepherd cattle dogs.
Jim Chuporak of Joliet: Of course the air is on and we give them cool treats like ice cream popsicles and ice cubes."
Jessica Contreras of Joliet: "My dog simply goes outside to use the washroom, then she is indoors in the air conditioning. Her bed is next to a vent so she has cool air 24/7 she loves spending time in her bed with her favorite Winnie the Pooh blanket."
Loretta DeMoss of Joliet: "I heard a snack of frozen veg's as treats works good & good for them. She's [my cousin] a foster mom for rescues. She's been doing it for years. I'm talking a couple for treats not a bowl full."
Nancy Donahue of Joliet: Keep them inside, bed by the AC vent for my spoiled dog, no walkies during the hottest part of the day, if the sidewalk is too hot for my bare feet, it’s too hot for his feet. The cats are inside only, all year."
Donna Eakle of Crest Hill: "Ice in the water bowl and keep air on - we have three dogs and a cat."
Helen Hicks of New Lenox: "Bella the Golden Retriever has her one pool."
Debra Howell of Joliet: "Carry a bottle water on walks. Make sure the water is not cold. You do not want to cause your pet to cool down to fast. Plus, poor a little on feet to cool them also. And take little rests in the shade. Animals can have heat strokes like we can so when walking, please make sure your pet has water."
Kelly Ward-Klepec of Minooka: "Prevent water borne parasites by keeping vaccinations up to date. Prevent this by carrying fresh water and not allowing your pet to swim or wade in stagnant bodies of water." Ward-Klepec has a 20-pound rescue Chihuahua mix.
Marie Larson of Plainfield: "We have a pug. We keep her inside and turn the A/C on when the thermostat goes above 78 degrees. Brachycephalic dogs - pugs, Boston Terriers, bull dogs, shih tzus, etc - struggle in the heat, because they don't have the snout or the tongue to keep them cool the way other dogs can."
Ana Lockwood of Joliet: "[For dogs] We use a plastic baby pool with a little water. Our cat stays inside."
Marcia Marzec of Joliet: "Cats seem to relish the warm weather. I've always had a hard time getting my cats to come in during a 100-degree heat wave! Just make sure to keep water outside for them."
Robyn McCord of Joliet: "We do early morning, and late evening walks, as to avoid the sun and full force of the heat. I’ll cut up banana and mix with peanut butter. And make doggie ice cubes. For midday potty breaks, in and out quickly. I won’t leave them outside for more than 5 to10 minutes. My general rule of thumb is if I don’t want to do it, I don’t make them."
Jamie Mckeen of New Lenox: "Please use ice cubes in water bowls outside, don’t leave dogs in cars, baby pools for dogs outside, if the pavement is too hot for your feet, it’s too hot for your dog to be on."
Kristina McMillin of Channahon: "I freeze ice in a cool whip container and it's perfectly bowl-sized to keep outside when we're out for a while. [I] have two Rottweilers and a cat.
Jerry Meehan of Joliet: "If you're not using your air conditioner, and you have a basement, it's always a good ten degrees cooler down there."
Jeanne Millsap of Morris: "When taking them on walks, let them walk on the grass. Don't limit them to the sidewalk or other concrete or blacktop."
Sue Newcomb of Plainfield: "I have two dogs, and one is more sensitive to the heat than the other. On really warm days, I try to walk them early in the morning when it's cooler, or I don't take them for a walk at all. When I let them out in the back yard, I make sure I don't leave them out for too long in extreme heat. I pay attention to air quality alerts too; if the air is bad for people, then it's bad for your animals."
Carolyn Neumann, formerly of Joliet: Shade, kiddie pool of water (for drinking and splashing), toys or treats frozen into blocks (use a metal or silicone bowl/mold)."
Rhonda Novak of Channahon: "I have a desk fan that i clip over her bed or crate, she also has a doggie pool to cool off in as well."
Pat Perrier of Crest Hill: "Always make sure there's shade and water. Never keep your pet outside in the heat, especially tied to a tree!. Also, never shave a double-coated dog (Siberian husky, Norwegian elkhound, etc.) -- the dog's fur is their thermoregulation, and if you shave them to the skin, the skin is very susceptible to sunburn. If you're walking your dog in the trails or on city streets, go outside and put the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can't hold it there, then it's too hot for their paws. Dogs' paws will burn on hot pavement, just like your own bare skin."
Traci Rader of Minooka: My 9-year old German shepherd, Dakota, has her swimming pool on those hot days."
Lynda Rohr of Shorewood: Swimming pools."
Charlene Schultz of Romeoville: Schultz's dog Moana likes to sit in a wading pool. "I also give her lots of puppy popsicles aka [plain] ice cubes."
Steve Sherwood of Joliet: When I had Gabby, I would dampen a towel in water and place it over her and put a battery operated fan on the towel...it worked like air conditioning."
Paula Taylor of Crest Hill: "Our dog Smokie likes to lay on the air vent."
Michael Tessone of Joliet: "Chicken bone broth ice cubes."