A local veterinarian has a warning for pet owners as the weather warms up. This time of year, many vets start seeing dogs who are suffering from heat stroke.
According to AAA Texas, temperatures inside a car, even on a mild and sunny day, can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. And just like you wouldn't leave a child in your car, you don't want to leave a pet.
Remember whether it's in the car or on a jog, dogs do not sweat like humans. To cool themselves, they pant and sweat through their paws. Dr. Greg Biehle with Brykerwood Vet Clinic says he's already starting to see more frequent cases of dogs who suffer from overheating. He says it only takes a few minutes for your pet to get too hot in this heat and possibly suffer serious injuries, even death.
"If they get like a very nervous look and they start panting really hard, you need to start thinking for your pet. Because he or she is going to go until they drop," said Biehle.
If your pet suffers from overheating, submerse them in cool water. If they don't get better, rush them to your local vet.
Signs of overheating in dogs according to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation:
Panting, followed by disorientation and fast, noisy breathing could signal overheating. Other possible signs: Collapsing or convulsing, bright red or blue gums, vomiting and diarrhea. Since field dogs are unlikely to stop hunting or retrieving when they become dangerously hot, owners should watch their dog closely for overheating signs.