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Keeping pets safe and cool during the summer

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The dog days of summer are here and that means we humans need to keep our furry friends safe from the heat and humidity.

"Think about the temperature during the mid day it's not a good time to go on a walk with your dog. Early mornings or late evenings when the it's cooled down is so much better." said Karen Buchan, animal care supervisor. 

When we excercise or go on jogs, we have to remember that it's much hotter for our furry friends and the pavement can burn their paws

"Even if you to keep your dog in a fenced in area make sure they have plenty of shade and plenty of water and in a bowl or a bucket that they aren't going to tip over." said Buchan. 

Our four-legged friends can't sweat like us humans can so they pant instead to cool down.

Be alert for signs of a heat stroke.

"Glazed eyes, vomitting, staggering when their walking, these are signs that something is wrong. You know your pet's behavior in the first place so you ecognize there is a problem their tounge is super red." said Buchan. 

Leaving your dog or cat in air conditioning is the best option and always keep clean water out for them.

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