Keep your furry friend happy and healthy in the heat

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — The dog days of summer are brutal on people and dogs.

They are our constant companion, but as temperatures rise so do dangers to man's best friend.

At 10 AM on Tuesday, the air temperatures was 86 degrees but the pavement temperature was 106 degrees.
It's clear that dark pavement in direct sunlight is 20 degrees above the actual air temperature.

The warmest temperatures during summer usually occur around four o'clock.

July is hot, August will only be worse.

Veterinarian Melissa Forrester says the hotter the temperatures the bigger the danger.

Forrester says:
"Increased respiration, they would be panting sometimes their color will look a little off maybe a little bit blueish or purpleish instead of nice and pink."

Dogs paws are just as sensitive as our bare feet.

Forrester continues with:
"They may increase their stride, they will pick up their feet you know showing that it is too hot for them."

The best way to prevent your dogs paws from burning is to walk them early in the morning or late at night.

A good way to test if it's too hot to walk your dog is to place the back of your hand on the pavement and hold it there for 5 seconds.

If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog.

Forrester also suggests that we invest in a portable collapsible dog bowl to fill with fresh water when outdoors.

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