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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Keeping your pets safe from heat

As many of you look for ways to keep cool this weekend your pets need the same attention.

Veterinarian Susanne Heartsill said the rule of thumb is if it's too hot for you to be outside, it's too hot for your pets, too. Heartsill said she's already treated two dogs that came in suffering heat stroke. Common sense usually tells us when we're getting too hot but animals are different.

"They go and go until they collapse," said Heartsill.

Here's what you want to watch out for: If your pet can't stop panting in the first five minutes, you should contact a vet. Doctor Heartsill also explains if you don't already have one, get a thermometer. If your pets temperature is above 102.8 you need to consult a professional. She said black colored dogs are more prone to over heating than light colored dogs so keep them well hydrated.

Also, never leave your dog in a car, even with the windows partially rolled down, for any reason at any time.

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