Warm temperatures and high humidity are tough on pets. 

In less than 12 hours, a dog can have a heat stroke. 

“This year it has started way early, we don’t ever see it start this early,” said Dr. Gary Spence, veterinarian. 

Unlike humans, dogs and cats eliminate heat by panting. 

When panting isn’t enough, their body temperature rises. 

“The only place they can cool themselves is on their tongue and on their ears,” Spence said. 

Spence said that when owners notice their dog is overheating, put them in an ice bath. 

“The best thing to do is take them to your veterinarian, we’re set up here to take care of things like this.”

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