Heat exhaustion cases rise among North Texas pets

With triple digit temperatures expected for all this week, North Texas veterinarian offices are seeing a jump in overheated pets.  We haven't even reached the hottest temperatures of the week.

It is becoming a dangerous heatwave. If it's this hard on people, it's just as tough on pets.

Tim Morton works for Fort Worth Animal control but is also a practicing veterinarian. He's seeing more emergency cases of pets with heat stroke. He says the worst are pets left in cars.

“We see animals that come. A normal temperature should be 101, and they have 109 often times higher than our thermometer can measure,” he said.

Dogs with shorter noses have an especially tough time in the heat.

"As he gets to breathing and panting and trying to get rid of that heat, if he can't do it he pants even more,” Morton said. “And that creates a vicious cycle. The panting gets to the point where it creates even more heat."

People think of their pets as part of the family. Veterinarians say take just as good care of them in the heat.

Trinity Park has a cooling station for people and a doggie water fountain.

"I always figure if I can't walk barefoot on the street, he can't walk on the street,” said Kari Gray, a dog owner. “So we try to find grass to run around in."

For pets outside, veterinarians say make sure they have plenty of shade and water, and bring them inside if you can.

Fort Worth has an anti-tethering law so pets can’t be tied up and left outside.