Vets stress importance of keeping pets cool

The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation held a Pet Heatstroke Prevention Awareness event Saturday at the Cedar Bark Park. (Jessica Lang / KXAN)
The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation held a Pet Heatstroke Prevention Awareness event Saturday at the Cedar Bark Park. (Jessica Lang / KXAN)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Summer is here and so are the scorching temperatures that come with it. Texans are no strangers to finding ways to keep themselves cool, but veterinarians remind how important it is not to forget about your four-legged friend.

The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation held a Pet Heatstroke Prevention Awareness event Saturday at Cedar Bark Park in Cedar Park to educate owners about risks and treatment.

Vets recommend making sure your pet always has access to fresh water and a cool, shaded place to rest. They also suggest walking dogs in the morning or evening hours when the pavement is cooler on their paws.

Veterinarians also say you should never leave pets in a parked car, even to run a quick errand.

Veterinarian Jenna Whatley says dog and cat owners need to know the signs of pet heatstroke.

“The first thing you may notice is your dog will start panting excessively. You might see some excessive salvation or drool,” she said. “They will sometimes lay down and not want to be exercising anymore.”

Whatley also says it is important not to over-cool your pet or force them to drink water. In some cases, you may need to bring your pet to the veterinarian for treatment.

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