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By Jeannie Prescott
Wake Up Wisconsin (WAOW)--- The summer and warm temperatures come with extra risks for your four legged friends. Doloros Glytas joined us for our weekly Pet Pause segment to talk about keeping your pets safe in the summer heat.
Most of us in the Midwest take every chance we can get in the summer to get outside and enjoy the sun. This goes for animals too. It's a great way to get some energy out of Fido and some fresh air for yourself as well.
Here are some tips to make sure your outdoor time is worry free:
- When outside, always have fresh cool water available for pets because dehydration can set in rapidly.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
-Elevated heart rate
If any symptoms occur, get to the Vet's office immediately.
Hanging out outdoors: If you know you're going to be outside for a longer period of time, make sure the area is well shaded. Remember to keep pets off asphalt - this is like a hot stovetop to their foot pads. One way to make sure your pets' feet stay cool is to have a small pool for pet to go into-this cools foot pads.
In the car: We all know keeping anything in a car when it's hot outside is not a good idea, this goes for pets too, even if the windows are rolled down. If it's 85 degrees outside, inside it will climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 20 minutes. It's best to leave the pet at home and not in the car.
Walking with your pet:
-Carry cool water for you and pet
-Try to have pet walk on grass not asphalt
-Try to walk early morning or evening when it is cooler outside
-Take shorter walks
-NEVER ride a bike and have your pet run alongside of you.
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