The hot weather in Austin is a concern for pet owners.
Heatstroke is a serious risk to pets and can lead to seizures and organ damage.
Avoid walking pets during the hottest hours of the day and carry water and shade.
Never leave pets in cars as temperatures can quickly become dangerous.
Signs of overheating in dogs include heavy panting, drooling, and dark red or blue gums.
For cats, abnormally heavy breathing can indicate overheating.
Allowing pets to play in water or providing them with a life jacket can help them cool down.
Be cautious of blue-green algae in the water, which can cause organ failure.
Consider vaccinating pets against leptospirosis, a bacterium that can contaminate bodies of water.
If a pet shows signs of heatstroke, seek immediate veterinary attention.