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It's hot - As the temperature rises ...

June 26, 1997

It's hot

As the temperature rises ...

- On a warm day, the temperature in your car can reach 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even when the windows are partially open. Leave pets at home on hot days.

- Know signs of heat stress: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse rate, dizziness, vomiting or a deep red or purple tongue.

- If heat stroke symptoms appear, apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest. Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately if symptoms persist.

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- Always make sure your pet has plenty of cold water. Just like people, pets do not like water that has been sitting in the sun. Check the water twice a day to see if a refill is needed.

- Dogs can get sunburn, especially short-haired dogs and dogs with pink skin and white hair. Limit your dog's exposure when the sun is unusually strong, and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Once outside, always provide plenty of shade.

- When cats or dogs are allowed outside unsupervised, they can get parasites, come into contact with a rabid animal or get into fights with other animals. Never leave your pet unsupervised. If your cat roams off your property, it is considered a stray and will be treated as a stray by Washington County.

- When a pet returns from being outside, check its ears, neck and under its belly for ticks and parasites. If an animal gets a tick, remove it with tweezers, and put it in alcohol so you can bring it to your veterinarian in case your pet gets symptoms of Lyme disease.

- Only put your name, address and phone number on pet tags, not the pet's name. Mitzi Chapman, with Fuzzy Buddies, said that if a person finds your pet and knows its name, he or she has control over it. Make sure your pet has identification at all times, she said.

- from The Humane Society of the United States, American Kennel Club, Keller Haden and Mitzi Chapman

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