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Keeping your pets cool this summer

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Keeping a person cool in this hot weather can be challenging enough, but what happens if your pet comes down with a heat related illness?

FOX28 talked to Dr. Rick Nelson from the Animal Aid Clinic South in Elkhart about how to know if your pet is too hot and he said there are some warning signs to look for.

Some signs he said to look out for are if they're staggering as if they're drunk, panting excessively, or if they start having seizures.

Dr. Nelson said that animals do not handle heat as well as people do.

Nelson said, "So to suppose that well I'm hot, but I'm ok, and so it must be ok for my dog or cat is not necessarily true."

If a pet does suffer from any of those symptoms mentioned, try to get them cooled down as fast as possible by saturating them with cold water. Then get them to the vet as soon as possible. 

Most importantly, don't leave your pet in a hot car for any amount of time, even if the windows are down.
 

 

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