Hot weather threatens pet safety

Hot weather threatens pet safety

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - If it is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, it only takes ten minutes for your car to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit, even with the windows cracked.

"A dog's normal body temperature is about 101-102.5 degrees. If they get to 105 or 106, they're in trouble. If they get to 108-109, they're in a lot of trouble,” Dr. Cal Williams said. “It's not just the heat that's going to kill them, once you get that hot, you have organ systems that fail."

Hot cars are not the only thing you need to be worried about in summer; being outside in the heat with no water can dehydrate your pet, which puts them at risk for heat stroke.

"Early on it's just they're hot and they're panting, they're drooling like crazy,” Williams said. “As it gets worse, their gums may get bright red and they won't be able to get up. They'll fall down. They'll eventually go into a coma and die."

If they have these symptoms, call a veterinarian as soon as you can.

You also have to be careful about walking your dog on hot surfaces.

"If you're walking out there and you're worried about that asphalt, put your hand down on that. If it's burning your hand, it's going to burn your dog’s foot," Williams said.

If you’re traveling, be sure to always bring water and a bowl for your pet. If you're leaving them outside on a hot day, make sure they have access to shade and water.

Cats are less of a worry in heat than dogs as they'll usually lay low and find cool places when it's too warm out.

You do have to be worried about dogs with scrunched faces, like Pugs or Boston Terriers because it's more difficult for them to breathe and cool themselves down. When in doubt, take them to the vet.

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