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Dog owner has heat concerns for new fur baby

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It's clear that we are in full blown summer in the Midlands and if you think you have it tough than think about your pets.

Kayla Finn started searching for a pet two months ago.

On Friday, the search was over at the PETS Inc "Summer Lovin Adopt-a-thon" when she decided to make things official with a four-year-old Pit Bull named Daisy.

"I saw Daisy about two weeks ago I guess and I came back a few times and I knew she was perfect for my needs," she says.

With temperatures in the Midlands hovering around the 100 mark, heat is a concern for this first time dog owner, but Kayla says her home's location helps put her at ease.

"I do live in a shaded area so that is nice. My entire backyard is completely shaded so hopefully that will be nice when she goes out."

Dr. Robert Chappell says many dogs come in for heat stroke and heat related treatment starting in July.

"The first symptom people always notice is the dog is panting excessively and salivating very excessively. Eventually, if it becomes severe enough they'll become laterally recombet or they can't get up," explains the PETS Inc Chief Veterinarian.

Not all dogs are effected by heat in the same way.

Dr. Chappell says dogs with a short snout have it the worst because the heat makes it harder for them to breather.

"Those dogs need to not only be kept out of direct sunlight, they actually need air condition especially when it gets up to 94 or 95," he says.

At the Columbia Riverfront Park, WACH FOX used an infrared thermometer to do some temperature readings of our own.

In a spot in direct sunlight, our thermometer said the sidewalk temperature is 143-degrees.

We then took a few steps into the nearby shade and our thermometer said that the grassy ground temperature is 97-degrees.

With a difference like that especially being on the black top, you can only imagine how much damage it can do to your dog's paws.

"Hot asphalt burns the feet pads themselves if they're not used to it. That's why we recommend that all dogs have booties," adds Dr. Chappell.

Luckily, Kayla and Daisy can escape the heat with that they'll be doing.

"I think she'll be a good couch partner. She's so calm and relaxed so she'll be a good stay in bed partner...a cuddle buddy," says Finn.

And a buddy that she'll be committed to keeping safe.

If you missed the PETS Inc "Summer Lovin Adopt-a-thon"on Friday, you 're in luck because it will be taking place over the weekend too!

For more information about the PETS Inc "Summer Lovin Adopt-a-thon," be sure to click here.

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