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Tips keep your pet's cool in the summer heat

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - We have already had our share of hot days in the Miami Valley and there are more to come later this week.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center wants to remind you to remember your pets when the mercury rises.

Summer is a great time to be outdoors with your furry friends but there are also situations that can endanger your pet.

Here are some tips for pet owners to keep your animals safe this summer:

  • You may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car when you travel or run errands.  During warm weather, the inside of a vehicle can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even when parked in the shade. Pets left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and can even die. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of your car, play it safe and leave your pet cool and refreshed at home.
  • Driving with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck is very dangerous. Flying debris can cause injury to your pet or your dog may be unintentionally thrown out of the bed of the truck. Dogs should ride in the cab or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.
  • Plenty of fresh water and shade are extremely important. In summer heat, your pet can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.  Owners need to know the signs: heavy panting, rapid pulse, glazed eyes, staggering gait, vomiting and/or a deep red or purple tongue.  If your pet becomes overheated, immediately begin lowering its body temperature. Get your pet in the shade and begin applying cool (not cold) water.  Most importantly, get him/her to a veterinarian.
  • Even during the summer months pets need exercise and one must use caution. Limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Bear in mind that asphalt gets extremely hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Crowded summer events and pets do not mix well. The loud noises and crowds combined with the heat can be stressful and dangerous. Remember, incidents of dog bites increase during the summer.
  • Ensure that your pet is wearing a collar and identification (dogs are required to wear their license). That way if your pet gets separated or lost he/she has a greater chance of being reunited with his/her owner.

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