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Protecting Your Pet From the Heat

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- This time of year with temperatures in the upper nineties and reaching the century mark, local veterinarians can't warn pet owners enough about the dangers of heat stroke. Deeda Payton reports.

It's normal for dogs to pant, but local vets say too much panting can be a sign of heat stroke.

A local vet says older dogs are more susceptible along with any breed with a short nose and mouth like bulldogs. A good indicator that an animal is overheated is red gums under the top lip and a sign that treatment is necessary. "One thing not to do is don't apply ice. You can apply compresses with cool, not real cold, but cool water. You can spray the pads of the feet with rubbing alcohol," said Sherman veterinarian, Larry Edwards. A dog's temperature should hover around 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and anything over 106 is cause for concern.

It's imperative with heat stroke that treatment be started right away.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.