Veterinarian warns pet owners: Keep pets inside

Most Mid-Southerners are spending as much time in the air conditioning as possible. But, a local vet has a warning for all dog owners.

She suggest you also focus on the safety of your pets and keeping them cool.

It's common to see joggers out running with their dogs. In this excessive heat, keep your dogs inside.

Jason Peters owns Lokie and Baxter. He's well aware of the triple digit temperatures and says he makes sure his two best friends don't overheat.

"If I see any signs of overheating or anything like that I get them in the car and go home to the air conditioning," said Peters.

But Dr. Lisa Miller, a veterinarian at MedVet in Cordova, said the signs of your pooch having a heat stroke come quick and sometimes without warning.

"They can experience heat strokes similar to people in the summertime only they don't have to be very active to experience that," said Miller.

That means a simple game of fetch in the middle of the day in extreme heat can wear your dog down and at times, can be fatal.

Miller added, "dogs cannot sweat like we do so the only way to dissipate heat is through panting through their tongue. Typically, first signs we look for when a dog is overheating are spade-shaped tongue when the end of the tongue becomes very wide and flat."

Miller said every summer there's an increase in heat strokes among dogs. It's usually the one's who are left outside or tied up.

Also, short-faced dogs are more prone to heat stoke, like bulldogs and pugs because it's harder for them to breathe.

Miller suggests you make sure your pet has plenty of water and just use common sense by exercising in the morning or at night.

If it's too hot for you then it's too hot for your dog. Miller said if your dog is showing signs of overheating do the following:

Put alcohol on the dogs belly or on its foot pads or inside its ears, give the dog a bath in luke warm water, do not pour ice water on the dog and take your dog to the vet immediately.


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