Protect Your Pets During the Heat

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Have you ever walked barefoot on hot pavement? It hurts! Well, dogs  can get paw burns from it. That’s just one of the ways experts are  reminding you to take caution with spot or fluffy. Veterinarians say  it's important to limit the amount of time dogs are on hot pavement and  concrete while out on walks.

In addition, putting rubbing alcohol on their paw's foot pads can  help cool them down. Just like humans, dogs and cats need plenty of  water and shade as the mercury rises. Also, with ticks and fleas more  common during the warm months, owners need to be on the lookout as well.

And don’t forget to keep your pup away from picnic food and safely out of earshot of fireworks.

Also remember, leaving a pet in a hot car, even with a window  cracked, could lead to severe injury or death. It’s best to leave them  home. The symptoms of a pet being overheated include heavy panting and  drooling, weakness, and disorientation.

For more summer pet safety tips, visit the ASPCA website.

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