Warning for Piedmont Triad pet owners to be cautious in the heat

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro veterinarians say they've treated several emergencies recently involving dogs overheating in the high temperatures.

They are warning pet owners to be extra cautious. Dogs and cats can overheat quickly, which can lead to stroke or seizures.

Plus, said Dr. Christine Hunt at University Animal Hospital of Greensboro, the pavement outside can be thirty degrees hotter than the air temperature. "We have to be careful when we're walking them because they don't have tennis shoes on," she explained "They can burn their paw pads and they can actually get second and third degree burns."

Dr. Hunt said dogs don't sweat like humans do, so signs of heat stress in dogs include sticky or heavy drooling, the tongue hanging out or discolored, open-mouth panting and reluctance to walk or move forward.

Cats can usually move themselves to shade or water if they are too hot. But they can overheat and will start panting to cool down.

"No pet should be left for any time, not even a minute, in a car. Even with the windows down. They just can not keep their temperatures cool," she added.