Extreme heat can be deadly for pets

Extreme heat can be deadly for pets

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The heat Lubbock is experiencing is not only dangerous to people, it can be deadly for your pets. 

Any prolonged exposure to the high temperatures can result in dogs dehydrating and having a heat stroke. 

"A dog can really only evaporate from their tongue and their paws and so everything else that, any other way that they cool, the wind can help cool them a little bit but that doesn't do a whole lot when it's not windy and if they're against a cool surface they can do a lite bit of cooling but they really don't have the efficiency that we do when it comes to cooling so a hot day feels hotter to them," said Dr. Derek Ishida, a veterinarian at Above and Beyond Pet Care Hospital.

Just letting them outside could be dangerous.

"If they don't have enough shade, if they don't have enough water, if they don't have access to ways to relieve the heat they can very quickly over heat and suffer heat stroke which can be life threatening," he said. 

He said he recommends limiting your pets time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day. Only playing with them outside in the early morning and evening hours.

"Whenever it's hot like this, when it's over 85-90 degrees really you do have to be careful where you take your dogs and what times your walking your dogs at."

Even then he said you still need to be careful.

"Make sure that you have plenty of water with you. Stop and take breaks, especially if your dog is, your dog or cat, most people don't walk their cat but especially if your dog is not used to the heat. So it takes some time to acclimate. If you had a summer day that was 80 degrees and then it went 100 degrees the next like it often does here, your dog isn't used to it, you really have to take it slow, lots of water, wear foot protection if they're not used to the heat as well so you avoid burns on the paws."

Other tips include taking your pet in for a check up at the beginning of the summer to ensure they are healthy. Also, make sure they are staying hydrated and never leave them inside a hot vehicle. 

It is also important to know the symptoms of over heating in pets. They can include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mile weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit.

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