It has been a very hot summer in the valley so far, and everyone is trying to beat the heat, even our furry friends.

There are a few things to look for when you think you have a hot dog on your hands.

"It's important in these hot days to keep you pets cool," explained Veterinarian Dwayne Groves. "One of the first signs would be excessive panting. Dogs pant to get rid of their heat, they don't have sweat glands like us. And the few glands they have in their feet, don't really count towards getting rid of heat."

Groves says that in cats, if they are opened mouth breathing, it is a sign that they are way too hot.

"If a cat or dog is overweight, they are more insulated and can't get rid of their heat. The short nosed dogs, pugs, boxers and shi tzu also have a harder time exchanging the heat. If the dog is on medications for heart conditions or has other airway diseases, they are going to have more problems as well." continued Groves.

Because most pups love being in the outdoors, make sure they have access to water. Cool water, instead of cold, is better for your pup, as cold water may cause a shock to their system.

Dr. Groves mentions symptoms to look out for when in high heat with your dog.

"They might not listen to you as well, so you are calling them and they are kind of wandering away. As they get worse they can  have vomiting and diarrhea, their tongue might go bright red or blue. They can collapse and go into convulsions as you get into heat stroke," warned Groves.

Finally, a big red flag amongst dog owners is leaving your dog in the car.

"A Common reason, as I am sure everyone knows, is locking your dog in the car, and not have the windows down. A huge no-no. Everybody knows that. The interior of the car gets way to hot and they can not pant enough." concluded Groves.

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