On a recent summer day, a couple played with Samantha near the lake, tossing a small ball back and forth.
Things went tragically wrong, and the dog collapsed of a heat stroke.
She was rushed to an emergency animal clinic, but it was too late and she died.
“People tend to think their animal can just keep going that they’re less sensitive to heat than we are, they’re really not,“ said Amber Rowland of Town Center Animal Center. “They’re not going to be like your toddler and be like it’s hot mommy! They just have to use their bodies and we have to pay attention to what their bodies are saying to us.“
Look for signs like dizziness, vomiting, trembling muscles, heavy panting with a dry tongue and lying down without trying to get up.
“Get them out of the heat, get them into a cool environment and provide them with plenty of fresh, cool water,“ said Rowland.