Dogs, cats need extra protection from summer heat

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:03am

Caddo Animal Control said they get at least 15 calls each summer for owners leaving their pets inside cars in the heat.

Dr. Valry E. Brown, a veterinarian at The Dog & Cat Clinic, told us that leaving your pet inside a hot vehicle for more than 60 seconds is not recommended.  "Those cars on the inside, they start to heat up very, very quickly, so I don't even recommend they take that chance at all."

Dr. Brown said even in the backyard, a dog's temperature can rise above the dangerous level of 106 degrees.

She explained that dogs release body heat through panting, not sweating like humans.  "If they're over-exerted or it's just too hot, their body can't keep up, they can't cool themselves down that quickly."  She recommends pet owners provide their dogs with lots of shade and water to keep them cool and hydrated.

Dr. Brown explained that if you notice your dog's tongue is purple, its eyes are red or it is panting heavily, it could be having a heat stroke.  She said if that happens, you should start cooling your dog off with cold water and take them to the vet as soon as possible.

For more information on adopting dogs and cats from Caddo Animal Shelter, you can call (318) 226-6624.

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