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June 29th, 2009
PAWS gives tips for keeping animals cool

STAFF REPORT

With triple digit temperatures upon us and a long hot summer ahead, the PAWS animal shelter in Kyle urges pet owners to take precautions against the threat of heat stroke and heat exhaustion for pets. PAWS Humane Society offers these tips when the temperatures rise:

* If pets must be outside, make sure they are in a well ventilated, shaded area with plenty of fresh water. You might want to consider an “on demand” water source such as a hose bib” waterer.” Another tip is to add ice to your pet’s water to keep it cooler longer.

* If you will be walking with your pet, remember that their paw’s pads are sensitive and can be easily burned when walking on hot concrete or asphalt.  If possible, walk on grass or dirt. Be sure to take along plenty of water for yourself and your pet.

* Never leave your pet in the car. Even with the windows open, a car can get hot enough to be fatal in a matter of minutes.

* Exercise your dogs or play with cats early in the morning or late in the day, when temperatures are cooler.

* If your pets enjoy water, consider hosing them off periodically. It’s a great treat for those who enjoy the water and will help keep their body temperatures down.

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