MEDFORD, Ore--- As extreme heat approaches the Rogue Valley and Northern California this week, you should keep your dogs in mind.
According to the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center, extreme heat can cause organ damage that can't be fixed.
Heat strokes are among the possible issues. Dogs will pant when they are cooling down. If you notice the combination of extreme panting and trouble walking, you should take them to the vet to be checked.
Putting cool water on the dog's stomach, head, and paws will help on the way to the vet.
It is important to use cool water, not cold water.
Make sure to go out to your car, and run the air conditioning for 5 minutes before putting your dog in the car. This will help avoid the heat issue all together.
When you are on a walk, the hot pavement can injure a dog's paws. Lay your hand on the pavement for 4 seconds. If it is too hot to keep your hand there, it is too hot to walk your dog on it. Try to find some grass to let them walk or play in.
Foxtails can also be troublesome when you are on a walk. The foxtail plant is sneaky, but common. They can cause damage to a dog's paws. They can also get in your dog's ears or nose. If you see foxtails on the dog, brush them off quickly.