Glendale Fire warns owners about pets and heat

Glendale Fire warns owners about pets and heat

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

As the weather begins to warm up, pet owners have to take extra precautions to keep their four legged friends safe.

Every year, hundreds of animals die from heat stroke.

Glendale Fire wants to let pet owners know the dangers of the hot weather when taking their dogs along on hikes.

Glendale Fire compares the animals' tolerance of hot weather to that of a small child -- but saying often times when pets begin to show signs of heat exhaustion, it's too late.

"Signs and symptoms for your dogs are excessive salivation, if they're panting excessively, they can't sweat. The only way that they sweat is through the pads of their feet and remember they do have a full coat on so if you're hot they're hot," says Captain Linda Rider, paramedic.

Glendale Fire says make sure both you and your dog have plenty of water while hiking -- and pay close attention to your pet for signs of overheating.

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