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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Keeping pets safe in the summer

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)   -"The heat and humidity together, which is causing crisis' for humans, is causing a crisis for animals, said Wannda Turner.

Wannda Turner, with Northeast Arkansans for Animals, is reminding everyone to remember their pets during these dog days of summer.  Turner says over the weekend, they got 6 calls about dogs that got overheated.  

Turner says there are simple things you can do to keep your pet safe, happy, and healthy under the summer sun.

Make sure they have a cool, shaded place to go...you might even think about leaving a mister on in your yard. 

Make sure they have plenty of cool, fresh water to drink 

Bring them inside during the hottest part of the day

Never leave them in a car.

"The dog can't open the car door.   It can't jump out.   A cracked window is nothing more than hot air coming in," said Turner.

Turner says never leave your pet locked in a hot garage.  She says make sure the shaded area is a cool, well ventilated place.

The dogs must have a place to cool off because they can only do that by panting for the cool air to pass over their tongue.   If there's no cool air to pass over their tongue,  they can't cool their body temperature's down," said Turner.

Signs of Heat Stroke:

Excessive Panting, Salivation, or Foaming

Difficulty In Breathing

Vomiting

Dehydration

Depression

Shock

Seizure, Collapse, or Coma

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