Houston dog owners talk about protecting pets in the summer heat

Many Houstonians keep their dogs indoors during the hottest hours of the day, but for some the only time they can exercise their dogs is during the day.

They spoke with FOX 26 about the precautions they take to protect their dogs from heat-related injuries.

“We usually try to wait out the sun, walking them on the grass, but as we had to get them out early today, we specifically took them a bit further out, so they could play in a swimming pool,” one pet owner told Congressman Blll. Archer Dog Park on Highway 6.

The usually busy dog ​​park was quiet on Saturday afternoon, with many dog ​​owners avoiding temperatures near 100 degrees. And rightly so, exercising your dog in high temperatures isn’t without risk, so it’s important to keep a very close eye on him.

“Just like with the kids, make sure you watch them, so when she starts panting too much, she’s obviously not interested in playing, we shower we go home,” said Katie Brown who was visiting the park. canine of Congressman Bill Archer.

We also caught up with Hannah Roetman, she works at a Houston-area animal hospital, she’s taken her dog out for fun and socializing, but she also knows the warning signs to look out for and when her pup has had enough. .

“Heatstroke is a reality and veterinary hospitals are already pretty full. You know your dog best, so if he’s acting out of the norm, is lethargic or shows signs of not wanting to do big -thing, let him in.” Roetman said.

She also has this tip for anyone who thinks their dog may be overheating.

“If they are showing signs of heatstroke, don’t spray cold water on your dog; it’s a really good way to put him into shock, just put him in the air conditioning and just make sure that he’s hydrated,” she said.