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Pet Owners Warned to Keep an Eye on Pets as Heat Intensifies

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When temperatures get above 70 degrees, pets can overheat When temperatures get above 70 degrees, pets can overheat
Vets are warning pet owners to take caution Vets are warning pet owners to take caution
Vets advise spraying your dog with a hose if they begin to overheat Vets advise spraying your dog with a hose if they begin to overheat
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

This intense heat could be putting your pet at risk for heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.

When temperatures rise above 70 degrees, some veterinarians say to pay extra attention to your furry friends when taking them out for a run or playing fetch.

If you notice dogs panting hard with a wide-eyed look or if they suddenly become wobbly or fall over, you should seek veterinary treatment immediately.

"For dogs, most cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke are really just like lapses in good common sense,” says Dr. John Andersen, a veterinarian. “So when it's hot outside, and when I say ‘hot’ I mean over, like, 70 degrees, you really have to double check whether or not you want to take your dog exercising."

If your dog appears to be overheated but doesn't seem to be in need of emergency care - veterinarians say getting your dog wet with a hose or taking a dip in a nearby pond is a great way to cool animals off quickly.