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Pet safety in dangerous heat

Keeping pets healthy in the heat Keeping pets healthy in the heat
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When we issue First Alert Weather Days for dangerous heat, we want to make sure that you’re staying safe, but you also can’t forget about your pet friends. 

So make sure that they’re also staying hydrated. Put out plenty of cool, fresh water, and not just for them to drink. You may want to have some extra water around for them to play in and cool off as well.

Never ever leave your pet, or your human for that matter, in the car…even for just a minute.

If you exercise normally with your dog, take it easy over the Summer months…especially if they have a short snout and have trouble breathing.

Also, the asphalt is very hot. If it’s too hot for you to put your hand down, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw.

Finally, if your dog is showing signs of heat illness – heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, being lethargic or just “out of it” -- Move them immediately to a shaded or air-conditioned area and apply ice packs or cold towels to their head. If symptoms do not go away, take them immediately to a veterinarian.

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