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Heat strokes can also happen to pets

Dogs may pant very heavily if they are suffering from heat stroke. (Source: WAFF) Dogs may pant very heavily if they are suffering from heat stroke. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Summer is officially here, and so is the heat. A heat stroke can happen to anybody, as evident in this story we did on Monday.

Now, veterinarians are warning pet owners that animals are susceptible to heat strokes too. As the temperatures rise, so do visits to the Animal Care Clinic in Huntsville. In the summer months, veterinarian Dr. Susan Muller said she sees an increase in owners bringing in their animals who are suffering from heat or sun strokes.

When it comes to dogs, they don't sweat, so if they're suffering from a heat stroke, you might notice them panting very heavily. Their tongue could be very red and they could even collapse. To avoid all that, Doctor Muller said to keep a constant water supply available to your pet.

"In these high temperatures, you're probably going to need twice the amount of water that you would ordinarily. The other thing is make sure there's plenty of air circulation and shade," Dr. Muller said.

Just like a human, if you think your pet is suffering from a heat stroke, you want to cool them down. Dr. Muller advised spraying them down with a hose and then getting them in front of a fan or air conditioner.

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