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PET SAFETY: Keeping your pet safe in summer months

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The summer heat means hot temperatures for pets inside and outside the home.

Here are some tips from the Humane Society of the United States:

Never leave your pets in a parked car.  On a warm day, temperatures can rise rapidly above 100 degrees.

Watch the humidity.   "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Limit exercise on hot days.  Remember asphalt can be hot and burn your pet's paws on high temperature days.

Provide ample water and shade.  Add ice to water when it is warm out to be sure to keep their drinking water cool.

Watch for signs of heatstroke.  "Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness."

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