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Good Question: How do I know if my pet is suffering from heat exhaustion?

Just today we've seen how dangerous the heat can be, six high school football players were rushed to the hospital for heat exhaustion.

We know it can dangerous for anyone that has to be outside for long periods of time, but it can also be harmful to our pets.

Good Question: How do I know if my pet is suffering from heat exhaustion?

Panting is all part of a process for pets to perspire.

"Dogs really do overheat way too quickly, they can't sweat through their skin like us," said Mary Ellen Burgoon a pet expert.

Burgoon works at a pet supply store.

With the heat on she's been dishing out free water for pooches and advice on how to take care of them.

"You'll see instead of panting, the tongue will flop out of the side of their mouth. That's pretty far along, you need to take it very seriously and cool them down," said Burgoon.

There are plenty of items to keep your dog safe, like electrolyte drinks, sunscreen, brushes to strip off that winter coat, water bottles with bowls and even collars that can be dipped in water.

Jonathan Black is a new dog owner still learning the ropes.

"Dogs are really important and they do get overheated more than we do because they have a lot more fur than we do I can tell she is worn out," said Black.

Even though the heat index has been over 100, people still jog with their pets, something Burgoon worries about.

"Dogs will keep up with you, they love you and will do anything for you, please stop and assess them for signs of overheating."

And then there's the issue of leaving your pets in the car when its sweltering out.

"On a day like today even more so, short of a dog dying there can be neurological changes, irreversible brain damage, people need to take it seriously."

Whether your pet is inside or out make sure your they have plenty of fresh water, and remember not to leave them outside for extended periods of time.


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