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Making sure your pet survives the hot summer weather

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Pets are dying from heat stroke all across the Panhandle... And it's something vets say they rarely see happen this early in the summer.

There weren't many people out at dog parks around Amarillo and that's a good thing. With temperatures nearing 100 degrees, it's extremely dangerous for dogs to be outside.

Vets we spoke with today say based on the number of dogs they've seen coming in with heath stroke already, things don't look good for the rest of the summer.

One of the easiest ways to keep your pet safe is to keep an eye out for how your pet responds to whatever is going on outside... Even if it's not scorching hot.

Vet Dr. Janice Wolf says, "If your neighbor is mowing the grass or people are walking around the alley, they'll get excited and start panting. They create more heat than they can get rid of, so they're likely to have a heat stroke under weather conditions when they normally would not." 

Here are some signs your pet might have heat stroke... Dizziness, shaking muscles, vomiting, skin turns a blue-ish color, panting heavily, but with a dry tongue, lying down and not wanting to get back up.

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