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VIRGINIA BEACH -- It looks like the perfect time to enjoy the day outside with your four-legged friend, but the heat can often take a toll on animals much sooner than people.

Several pets suffering from heat-related illnesses passed through Beach Emergency Care Vet Clinic in Virginia Beach Thursday.

'Fortunately, there hasn't been anybody too bad, but in the past we've seen [pets] very badly affected by heat stress,' Dr. Ben O'Kelley said.

He's seen dogs die of heat-related illness in temperatures much cooler than this, so the risk is much higher with this kind of heat.

'Typically, we see heat strokes very early on in the season. Especially, on days like today when there's a heat index of close to 100,' Dr. O'Kelley said.

He says It looks like the perfect time to enjoy the day outside with your four-legged friend, but the heat can often take a toll on animals much sooner than people.

Beach Emergency Care Vet Clinic in Virginia Beach has had several suffering pets pass through his office today with heat-related illnesses.

'Fortunately, there hasn't been anybody too bad, but in the past we've seen very badly affected by heat stress,' Dr. Ben O'Kelley said.

He's seen dogs die of heat-related illness in temperatures much cooler than this... so the risk is much higher with this kind of heat.

'Typically, we see heat strokes very early on in the season. Especially on days like today when there's a heat index of close to 100,' Dr. O'Kelley said.

He says that doesn't mean you have to keep them indoors, but pay close attention to what kind of activity you're taking them out to do and make sure to look out for excessive panting, disorientation and lack of appetite.

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