Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dog days of summer

Pets need special care during the hot summer months to keep them comfortable and safe. While we can perspire to help cool our skin, cats and dogs don't have sweat glands. The dispel heat by panting and through the bottoms of their feet.

It's hot and humid. Air conditioners aren't the only things that feel blowing a fuse. Now image how you'd feel if you were wearing a fur coat and couldn't take it off. That's exactly how your cats and dogs feel.

Pets should never be left alone in a car, even with the windows cracked open. Temperatures can quickly reach 120 degrees F. If you see an animal in a parked car, notify the store manager or call the police.

At home, make sure outdoor pets have plenty of cool water and shade. The Animal League of Arlington (VA) has more tips for keeping pets safe in the summer heat.

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