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Keeping pets safe during heat wave

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

You aren't the only one that needs to be careful during extremely hot days; your pet is in danger as well.

Here are a few tips to keep your furry friend's in top shape during a heat wave.

  • Watch for heat stroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, vomiting, fever and collapse. If your pet shows these symptoms, get to a veterinarian as soon as possible. If untreated, heat stroke can cause permanent organ damage and death.
  • Keep your dog hydrated. Make sure your pet always has easy access to a water bowl, and make sure that it is always filled on very hot days.
  • Provide multiple ways to get cool. Keep a fan on in a place where your pet can sit, add ice cubes to their water bowl, or offer them a cold treat.
  • Don't leave your pet inside of a car. The inside of a car can get up to 120 degrees, even with the windows cracked open. Leaving the AC on is also no guarantee your dog will be safe.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening. The intense heat during the middle of the day can be overwhelming for your dog during a walk.
  • Don't leave your pet outside for long periods of time. Even in the shade your pet can be extreme heat and humidity, putting them at risk for heat stroke.
  • Avoid hot sidewalks. Your pet's paws can get burned on hot surfaces like pavement, blacktop and sand.
  • Brush your pet regularly. A clean and untangled coat can help avoid summer skim problems and help your pet stay cool. If you decide to give your pet a haircut make sure you leave at least one inch of fur for protection.
  • Watch out for coolant leaking from your car. Dogs are attracted to the taste of coolant.
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