High temps pose danger of heat exhaustion for pets - FOX34 Lubbock

High temps pose danger of heat exhaustion for pets

LUBBOCK, Texas -

As the weather heats up, veterinarians and advocates are warning everyone not to leave their pets out in the sun.

Lori Crum, a veterinary technician with 4 Legged Friends of Lubbock, said you should not leave your pet in the car, even for a few minutes.

"People running into the grocery store and leaving the windows cracked and they think, 'Oh, it's nice outside, it's 75, 80 degrees," Crum said.

Within 10 minutes, she said a vehicle can reach up to 120 degrees, even if it is in shade.

Some signs of heat exhaustion in dogs include red gums, drooling and fatigue.

"Temperatures of over 103.5 in dogs are signs of heat exhaustion in dogs, and it can shut down their vital organs," Crum said. "They can have rapid heart rate, and it can be fatal."

Cats exhibit similar symptoms, she said. If a cat is breathing through its mouth, it should be taken to a vet immediately.

Crum also said to avoid walking pets in the high heat, as the hot pavement can blister their paws.

"If you touch the back of your hand to the ground, and it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your dog's paw pads," Crum said.

If a pet must be outside, she said to make sure it has enough food, water and shade.

"You can even put an umbrella out for them, water down the yard, put out a swimming pool, put ice in the pool, anything like that that can help lower the dog's body temperature," she said.

The City of Lubbock requires a dog to have a properly-fitted collar, shelter and an accessible water source. The pet should be removed from its tether during inclement weather and should not be tethered 24 hours a day.

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