Knowing the signs your pet is having a heat stroke

With another heat advisory, it's important to take care of our four-legged friends. Tristan Hardy reports.

LONGVIEW - Humans know how to keep cool during the summer. They drink water or maybe take a dip in a pool. Pets, on the other hand, can't communicate when the weather is unbearable. That's why pet owners like Alan King takes the initiative in keeping his dogs healthy. 

"They drink fresh water before they go to bed, in the morning and also in the afternoon," King said. 

King said pet owners have to be cautious of their well-being, especially in the Texas heat. The weather can rise to extreme temperatures. Chris Kemper works with the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center. Just like humans, Kemper said being in the sweltering heat for too long can de detrimental to a dog's health. Kemper said 'outside dogs' should be brought indoors for shade and provided fresh, clean water. 

"We have to be aware because we're the ones supposed to be taking care of them," Kemper said. 

When it's hot outside, humans sweat. Dogs can't do that. Veterinarian, Dr. Christine Prior said pet owners should be aware of heat stroke signs: excessive panting, drooling, discoloration in gums and acts of confusion. 

While temperatures feel as if it's more than 100 degrees. Dr. Prior urges people to be mindful of their pets. 

 

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