Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool

EUGENE, Ore. -- As we enter the first official week of summer, it's going to be toasty - especially for pets.

Unlike people, dogs and cats eliminate heat by panting. When that is not enough, their body temperature rises. If it is not corrected quickly, it can kill them.

One Portland pet owner recently lost her dog in the heat.

"Everybody needs to know that when the heat index is that high, to get your dog in the house and the shade, and to make sure they have plenty of water; a cool spot to be," she said. "Something so you don't have to lose them like I did mine."

If pet owners notice that their animals are overheating, veterinarians say to put cold packs under their paws, wet their paws, and put cold wash cloths underneath their arms and back legs, then take them to the vet.

They say the best thing is to make sure the animals never get to that point, and that if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet.