Sam’s Corner 13

Summer is a great time to take your four-legged best friend outdoors! But there are some things you should remember!

• Never leave your friend in the car. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes even if you’re parked in the shade. Pets who are left in hot cars for just a few minutes can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and death.

• Be safe with water. Give them plenty of water and shade for your pets while they’re outside so they can stay cool.

• Stay out of the heat. On hot days, only exercise in the early morning or evening hours. Hot asphalt can burn your pet’s paws.

• Watch for the signs. The signs of heat stress include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. 

If your pet does become overheated, move him into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. If necessary, get him to a veterinarian immediately.

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