How to protect dogs in intense heat
To keep pets safe in high temperatures, make sure they are hydrated before, during and after walks. If you have to walk them in direct sunlight, walk them on the grass to protect their paws from the hot concrete.Posted — Updated
Temperatures on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the highest this year so far, topping out around 95 or 96 degrees in Raleigh. Experts say it's best to walk your pets before the sun comes up and after it goes down.
Dogs, similar to people, can easily get heat-related injuries and illnesses if you're not careful. Page Wages, a veterinarian at Care First Animal Hospital, said she has already treated one dog for heat stroke this year.
She shared some signs to look out for.
"Excessive panting, red or purple tongues -- if they start vomiting or have diarrhea you're in trouble," Wages said.
Other symptoms include drooling, difficulty walking and increased heart rate.
To keep pets safe in high temperatures, make sure they are hydrated before, during and after walks, Wages said. If you have to walk them in direct sunlight, walk them on the grass to protect their paws from the hot concrete.
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