Dangerous time for pets to be outside in Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WKBW) - As the heat wave continues in Western New York, everyone including dogs are dodging the sun to stay cool. 

That’s why veterinarians are warning pet owners about these hot temperatures and how they can lead to heat strokes. 

in a Browning with the SPCA of Erie County said it only take minutes before a heat stroke sets in. Vomiting, abnormal behavior and sudden collapse are some of the signs. 

“Anytime an animal is exhibiting something like that, you need to take action immediately especially when the weather is like this,” Browning said. 

Browning said walking pets on concrete pavement can also be dangerous.  7 Eyewitness News heat-gun clocked a sidewalk at 103º. 

“The pads and the paws are feeling that heat. You would be feeling it if you were barefoot without protection on your feet,” Browning said. 

Vets advise pet owners to limit your pets’ outdoor time to 10 minutes. Avoid sidewalks and other pavements. Instead, use grassy areas. Also, make sure they always have access to drinking water. If possible, a pool or sprinkler to cool off. 

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