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Pets vulnerable to heat-related illnesses

FORT WORTH, TX (KXAS/NBC) - The Humane Society of North Texas said it is seeing more animals surrendered for adoption, and many of them are coming in with heat-related illnesses due to the intense heat across the nation.

Adoption numbers are down, too, shelter workers said.

"When it gets really hot like this, people do not want to go out and do anything more than what they have to do," said Peggy Brown, with the Humane Society of North Texas.

Veterinarians like Dr. Tim Morton said they are seeing an increase in heat-related illnesses and injuries.

Issues range from paw injury to heat stroke, and the relentless triple digit days make vulnerable animals more likely to succumb to other illnesses.

Morton said signs of distress can range from panting and lethargy to collapsing and vomiting.

He said there is a small window of time when treatment can prevent brain damage and organ failure, so help should be sought immediately.

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