Expert: How To Identify Heat Stroke In Pets

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Greensboro, NC -- With the hot weather, it's not just people who need to keep cool, but also pets.

But your dogs and cats can only protect themselves so much from the heat, so it's up to their owners to make sure they're safe.

Brenda Overman, from the Triad SPCA, joined the Good Morning Show crew to share some tips to protect pets against heat stroke.

Overman said you should look for the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. Those include the following:

Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting)
Rapid or erratic pulse
Anxious or staring expression
Weakness and muscle tremors
Lack of coordination
Red tongue and lips (which may eventually turn bluish in color)
Convulsions or vomiting
Collapse, coma and death

As a pet owner, there are a few things you can do to treat an over-heated pet on your own.

Overman said you should immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place. You should wet the dog with cool water and fan the pet vigorously to promote evaporation. Overman said this process will cool the blood, which reduces the dog's core temperature.

Do not apply ice on your animal. That could constrict the blood flow, which will inhibit cooling.

Also, allow your pet to drink some cool water and take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment.

Overman said animals that are prone to breathing problems, like Pugs, are more susceptible to the over heating.

There are more tips in the "Links" section on

You can also visit Triad SPCA website.

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