Good Question: Can dogs and cats suffer from heat stroke?

Summer is just around the corner and with it can come those dreaded ninety degree temperatures.

We know what we are supposed to do to take care of ourselves when its hot, but what about our pets?

Good Question: Can dogs and cats suffer from heat stroke?

We know what to do when its hot, stay cool and hydrated, but our pets have to rely on us to make sure they are taken care of when the temperature rises.

"This year so far we've been lucky, we've not had any problems, last year we had two dogs one pass away," said Dr. Butch Schroyer a Lexington Veterinarian.

Dr. Schroyer runs Animal Care Clinic, he says summer heat can be dangerous to your pets if precautions aren't taken.

"Heat stroke is the big thing you have to worry about in the middle of the summer where having temperatures that are over 90."

Dogs and cats don't perspire like we do, instead Dr. Schroyer says they lose their heat panting.

If you think your dog may be overheated he says there are warning signs you need to look for.

"Your gonna see panting go up, they'll become weak, they may become lethargic, if you were to lift their lower lip instead of being a healthy pink it may be pale or white colored."

Our pets can also fall victim to other summer dangers like sunburns.

"Certainly dogs and cats both can get sunburns, but white animals tend to be a little bit more susceptible because of their fair complexion just like people."

Dr. Schroyer says your pets should never be left in a hot car and if you leave Fido in the backyard make sure there is plenty of shade and fresh water.

Common sense ways to keeping your four legged friend safe this summer.

Another summer danger to our pets, backyard pools.

Dr. Schroyer says to remember not all pets are good swimmers, so just like children monitor them around the water.

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