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Keep pets cool during record heat
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:16 PM

As much of the country experiences record-high temperatures, The Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners to protect their animal companions.
Pet owners are advised not to leave their animals outside for extended periods of time. Even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be dangerous for an animal.
Never leave your pets in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
Provide ample shade and water, limit exercise on hot days, and do not allow your pet to walk on hot sidewalks or pavement, which can burn their paws.
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. When in doubt, contact a veterinarian.