Pet Heat Deaths on Rise

The brutal summer temperatures are taking a toll on Texoma pets. The Humane Society of Wichita County reports a rise in calls about heat-related animal deaths. With a few simple tips, you can protect your pet in the 2011 Drought.

Mary Stevens, office manager for the Humane Society of Wichita County said the best thing to do is bring your pets inside. "I would suggest to anyone that has a dog, if you could bring it is during the heat of the day," said Stevens.

A garage is not a good answer. "There's no cold air in them, usually," she said. Fans blow air around, but do not keep them cool enough. Dogs need to be in the air conditioning.

If you can't take a pet inside, the next best thing is to provide them with a kiddie pool to keep cool. "Their heat comes from their paws, if they can just get their paws wet it cools them like that," said Stevens.

You can also use ice to cool down water bowls. However, be careful to not give the dog ice-cold water. That can also cause problems.

Your pet will give you signs it may be too hot. "You're going to see their rib cage really panting hard and fast and heavy, tongue is going to be hanging out tongue can turn blue," said Stevens.

Other signs an animal is too hot include glazed over eyes, or them not responding. "If your dog is looking lethargic, you need to bring it in," Stevens suggested.

If you notice any of those signs, take your pet to the vet immediately.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6