Local veterinarian warns high temperatures can cause heat stroke in pets
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — As the weather heats up, don’t forget to think about your pet’s safety.
Dr. Jennifer Corwin, a local veterinarian at Paws, Claws and Hooves in West Richland said when it reaches 80 degrees – it is time to take your dog inside.
In her last nine years in the Tri-Cities, Dr. Corwin has seen increasing cases of heat stroke during the summer temperatures.
She said symptoms of heat stroke are panting, glazed eyes, fever, lack of coordination and even seizures. But certain breeds are affected more than others.
“The shortnose breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, Boston Terriers, those types of breeds… we do recommend that you bring them in whenever it gets over 70 degrees. They’re much more prone to heat stroke,” said Dr. Corwin
She said those breeds have a harder time breathing when it is hot out.
“It can be very scary and dogs can die of it,” said Dr. Corwin.
She wants to remind people to not leave their pet in the car when it is hot outside. She said in just ten minutes, a 85 degree car can turn to 130 degrees.
She recommended dog owners also look out for the pads on their dog’s feet. When it’s more than 80 degrees outside, they can burn on asphalt and cause blisters.