LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's the first day of summer which means the weather will continue to heat up, but when it comes to your pets, the Louisiana heat can easily be life-threatening.
"Dogs can't sweat like humans so they cool themselves down by panting and drinking water," Jae Chang, a veterinarian from Prien Lake Animal Hospital said. "And keeping themselves in a cool environment."
Symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion in animals are heavy panting, purple gums, and vomiting. For some dogs, the heat can be more harmful than for others.
Pugs, French bulldogs, and other breeds with pressed noses have a harder time breathing in the hot humid air.
"Brachiocephalic breeds are more susceptible to those because they can't exchange that breathe like other dogs," Chang said.
However, it's not just the heat that poses a danger to pets. Those barbeque scraps you sneak your dog can be incredibly dangerous.
"It's very important your pet doesn't get table foods because if they get food they're not used to, they can get pancreatitis which can be life-threatening."
Doctor Jae Chang said It's also important to make sure you treat your pet with flea and tick prevention to avoid the risk of transferable diseases.