Keeping pets safe during summer heat

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Summer months are almost here, but temperatures are already soaring.

And that means taking precautions when you take your pets out for some fun in the sun.

Dr. Brinson of Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital says heat stroke kills thousands of animals every year. She urges pet owners to know the signs; panting profusely, “drunk” walking, lack of energy and a purple or deep red colored tongue.

And if you do take them outside, do so in the morning when humidity and temperatures are low.

“The beach is fun and it’s fun to take our pets, but if you’re going to be outside all day long and in the sun all day long and you don’t have a place to shade your dog or your dog doesn’t like to go swimming, it might be best to leave them at home so they don’t get overheated,” explained Nicole Brinson, veterinary doctor at Jacksonville Animal Hospital.

Remember, if it’s hot for you, it’s hot for your pets.

Dr. Branson says, if it’s over 80 degrees, it’s best to keep your furry friends indoors. The vet says during summer months, it’s important to keep your pet at home.

And if you do take them out to play, make sure they are in a shaded, cool area and have lots of water.

If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, apply cold towels to their extremities.

And avoid shaving their coats, which are designed to keep them cool.

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