Summer heat means paying extra attention to dogs - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Summer heat means paying extra attention to dogs

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • AU smartphone app helps plan the perfect tailgating party

    AU smartphone app helps plan the perfect tailgating party

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:21:07 GMT
    Auburn resident, Lester Stoll, hasn't missed an Auburn University home football game tailgate in 19 years and was at the fields off Donahue Avenue Thursday morning at 5:30 to claim his usual corner spot. "WeMore >>
    Even though we found some of the most professional tailgaters on the plains Friday, when word got out of Auburn University's new electronic guide to tailgating, they said there is always room for improvement.More >>
  • Police search for wanted man

    Police search for wanted man

    Police search for wanted man

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:13:06 GMT
    Albany police are looking for a man with outstanding warrants. Kontravious “Champ” Nelson is wanted for Terroristic Threats and Acts, Contempt of Court, Probation Violation, and Criminal Damage to property second degree.More >>
    Albany police are looking for a man with outstanding warrants. Kontravious “Champ” Nelson is wanted for Terroristic Threats and Acts, Contempt of Court, Probation Violation, and Criminal Damage to property second degree.More >>
  • Man accused of murdering Columbus woman and baby appears in court

    Man accused of murdering Columbus woman and baby appears in court

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:00:18 GMT
    A man accused of murdering his baby, and the child's mother, had his first appearance in Muscogee County court Friday, Aug. 29.  Detectives believe Brandon Conner stabbed Rosella Mitchell to death, andMore >>
    A man accused of murdering his baby, and the child's mother, had his first appearance in Muscogee County court Friday, Aug. 29.  Detectives believe Brandon Conner stabbed Rosella Mitchell to death, andMore >>

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –This summer is predicted to be one of the worst yet. With temperatures reaching in the high 90's and even triple digits, your dogs can suffer.

However there are precautions you can take to prevent that from happening. This kind of heat is hard on all breeds but for some, it's worse than others.

Experts say it's a good idea to use pet sunscreen. It's kind of like what we use but it's made specifically for your pet.

There are certain things pet owners should automatically know not to do like leaving pets in the car. But there are others you might not know about.

"Animals are not as tough as people think," said Veterinarian Dr. Andrew Curtis. Not knowing can spell harm for our animal friends. "Their fur coat does not keep them as cool like some people think. They think it has an insulator factor which it does," said Curtis. 

However if the dog's temperature is 102 and it's 102 outside. That's kind of like you putting your dog in the oven.

"The most common dogs we see for heat stroke are bull dogs with short noses just because they have trouble breathing," said Curtis.

As the temperature rises all dogs are at risk. Especially long haired dogs. Vets say they should receive a summer clip. "Which means just trimming the hair short," said Curtis.

Giving your dog a hair cut is just part of the solution. "Some people will have a dog house that is in direct sunlight and is enclosed. So there's no circulation," said Curtis.

Also make sure the dog and his water are under the shade. And frequently refresh the water.  But if you do see your animal overheating it is a true emergency.

"In the meantime spray it if you can and get fans to cool it off," said Curtis.  Keeping your dog cool to play with you one more day. @©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.