Heat Proves Fatal For One Dog In The East

With temperatures continuing to rise, dogs in the east are at higher risk for heat stroke as some pet owners found out this week.

Dr. Marty Poffenberger, veterinarian at Pamlico Animal Hospital in Washington, says two pit bulls came in this week suffering from heat stroke. One of them didn't make it.

Patches, the dog that did survive, went home on Friday. Her owner, Sierra Dalton, says you can't take any chances with your dog in this weather. "People just don't know, you can't just leave a dog outside with water and shelter and think that's gonna help everything. Sometimes when it gets in this 90 degree weather you gotta think of the dog like you think of humans."

Dr. Poffenberger says signs your dog is having trouble in the hot weather include, "Panting excessively, and become sort of incoherent, their color of their gums may go from pink to a grayish color. Basically any of these signs. They can be lying on their side and not even able to stand."

Dr. Poffenberger says dogs with thicker bodies like rottweilers, and those with shorter noses like pugs, are the most at risk.

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