Just because they’re not complaining about the hot weather doesn't mean your four-legged friends enjoy it. The negative health effects of just a few hours in the heat can hurt your pet in the long run.
Pet owner Chrystal Morgan of
"They play in the water a lot they drink more water. They go out later in the evenings and earlier in the morning and stay in the house most of the day," said Morgan.
Keeping the dogs inside is one option, but for those with outside dogs, hydration is even more crucial.
"Make sure they have access to clean, cool, fresh water in a clean container," said Veterinarian Technician, Susan Norsworthy of
Norsworthy says one of the best ways to help cool your friend down is get them trimmed.
"Get some of that excess hair off of them because their miserable," said Norsworthy.
Before you take your pet on a walk, be sure to check the pavement. If it's hot for your hands it's really hot for their paws.
If your dog is panting heavily, with his tongue out and his gums showing, it's time to cool down. The complications of a heat stroke could be really dangerous for your pet.
"You're looking at life long problems of organ failure issues and it's just not a pleasant thing," said Norsworthy.