(Washington) -- The heat wave gripping the midstate can pose some unique dangers to pets.
The American Humane Association says animals should always have access to water and shelter if they're left outside.
Justin Scally is National Director of the association's Red Star Emergency Services.
He says dogs can develop heat stroke on oppressive summer days.
"Some of those signs include panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, showing signs of seizures or stumbling," Scally explains. "They may also have diarrhea or vomiting."
Scally says any pet owner who thinks his or her animal is behaving abnormally in the heat should call a veterinarian.
He says pet owners should also look out for heat-baked pavements that can cause burns on dogs' paws, and animals should never be left in parked cars.
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