Keep kitties and pups cool during summer heat wave

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OKLAHOMA CITY- If you’ve been outside, you know summer is in full swing.

While you may be having fun in the sun, your pets are at a greater risk for health problems related to the heat.

Petfinder has compiled a list of ways to keep your pets safe during the summer.

  • Watch for heat stroke- Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapsing. If your animal has heat stroke, get to the vet immediately
  • Give animals extra water- Pets will be drinking more water to regulate their body temperatures during the heat wave.
  • Help them stay cool- Leave a fan where a dog or cat can sit in front of it, add ice cubes to their water dish or offer them a frozen treat.
  • Never leave a pet inside a car- Even with the windows cracked, the inside of a car heat up to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening- The intense heat midday can overwhelm your dog during a walk. Also, hot concrete can burn their paws so try to stay on the grass.
  • Don’t leave your dog alone outside for more than a few minutes- Even in the shade, a dog exposed to extreme heat and humidity is at risk for heat stroke.
  • Avoid hot sidewalks- A dog’s paws can easily burn on pavement, blacktop and sand.
  • Brush your dog regularly- A clean coat can help your dog stay cool. If you opt for a haircut, make sure you leave a little mane to protect your pets skin from the sun.
  • Be alert for coolant leaking from your vehicle- Dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant and just a small amount can make them very sick.