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Vets urge pet owners take caution as summer temps heat up

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Dr. James Holtzclaw with Blue Ridge Animal Hospital and Margaret the dog. (Source: Fox Carolina) Dr. James Holtzclaw with Blue Ridge Animal Hospital and Margaret the dog. (Source: Fox Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's summer and the dogs are out in full force, but with the near triple-digit weather, there is a lot pet owners need to know to keep those pets safe. 

"In about 15 minutes, your car can go from a nice air conditioned place when you leave your pet in there and it can be well over 100 degrees," said Dr. James Holtzclaw.

Holtzclaw is a veterinarian with the Blue Ridge Animal Hospital in Greer. He said if a dog is left in a hot car or in the heat outside for too long, they can have seizures and suffer from heat stroke.

"Short term, that dogs gonna have severer GI track disease, and it can affect the brain if they've been seizing for quite a while," said Holtzclaw. 

In Canada, a man broke the window to someone's car with a rock to get a small dog out and to safety. It was soaking wet when pulled from the car. "If that dog looks like it's in distress, get that dog out of the car," said Holtzclaw to anyone who sees a dog left in a hot car. 

He said a good tip is to keep your dog in the backseat of the car, but keep their leash on them, that way you can keep the end of it underneath your lap or to the side of you, so that when you do get out of the car, you don't forget that they're there."

He said walking on the hot pavement can also have its limits,"Feel it, and if it's too hot for you, it's probably too hot for your dog."

Holtzclaw said dogs paws are slightly tougher than the average human foot, but there is potential for them to get severe blisters if the ground is too hot.

"The temperature difference between the grass and the pavement is monumental," he said. 

And if you leave your dogs outside during the day, he said make sure that they have food, water and shade, but that also depends on the breed of dog you have, Holtzclaw said some breeds should never be left outside. 

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