A lot of folks are taking advantage of this warm weather by getting outside and having some fun. But local veteranarians want you to keep your pet in mind when you head outdoors.
They say with rising temperatures, comes the risk of heat stroke in your pet.
The golden retriever pictured was being treated for heat stroke at Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke Saturday. His owner noticed signs he was suffering and took him to a doctor immediately.
"We just want to make people aware of heat stroke because we typically start seeing animals come in as it starts heating up, and it is a pretty serious thing and ultimately can end in death," said Courtney Snead, a Veterinary Technician at Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke.
Vets say the signs of a heat stroke are rapid breathing, vomiting, and having trouble walking. They're tongue could turn bright red. They say if you see these signs, you should take your pet into the Vet immediately.
"If an owner knows their animal is going into heat stroke or they suspect it, it's the best thing to get them seen immediately," said Snead. "The longer that it goes, the more severe and more problematic that it'll become."
To prevent your pet from suffering heat stroke, be sure they have a cool place to stay outside. Also, water is necessary to have around at all times.