Pet Talk - Caring for pets in summer heat

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Texans know that the summer heat can be dangerous for people and can also be a hazard for pets. Dr. Cheri Honnas with the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine appeared on Brazos Valley This Morning to talk about the best practices for keeping pets safe.

Dr. Honnas says it's important that people know and recognize signs that a pet has had too much sun. Excessive panting is one sign that your pet needs to cool down.

"You can wet them down a little bit, don't drench them right off the bat," Honnas said.

Pet owners should also be aware of how hot the pavement is before taking their pet for a walk. Honnas says she will put her hand on the pavement and if she can't hold it there for five seconds, it's too hot for a walk.