Vets warn to keep pets safe in the heat

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

It's hot, and we have all heard the warnings, "drink water, stay inside," but those rules are not only for people. Our four legged friends need help too.

"Especially very young or very old pets. They're more succeptable," said veterinarian Charles Preston.

Veterinarians say whatever you would do for yourself in the heat you should also do for your pets.

"Much of it's common sense. Keep them in the shade and plenty of cool water," said Preston.

They say air conditioning is always the best bet. Keep your pets inside as much as possible, but some pet owners are coming up with creative ways to keep outside pets cool too.

"They've got a creek they like to run and jump and get wet. We were going to put up a baby pool and let them splash in there," said pet owner Nicole Schnopp-White.

Vets say never leave your dog in the car no matter how quick you think it might be.

"They can get very hot, probably in excess of 120-130 degrees. That's too hot for a dog," said Preston.

They also say one thing people might not think of is walking on pavement. They say if the ground is too hot for your feet, it's too hot for your dog's feet.

And they say if you think your dog might be overheating take it to the vet immediately.

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