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Brought to you by Karen Sottile -- Nature's Pet Market -- PET SUPPLIES INSIDER --

BROUGHT TO YOU BY KAREN SOTTILE -- NATURE'S PET MARKET -- PET SUPPLIES INSIDER -- - Brought to you by Karen Sottile -- Nature's Pet Market -- PET SUPPLIES INSIDER -- Did you know that dogs can sustain brain damage and even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes in a hot car?

Beating the heat is extra challenging for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting. Unlike humans, dogs are unable to sweat. They rely mainly on their respiratory tract to dissipate heat.

Though tempting to take your pet with you while running errands, sometimes leaving them home can prevent tragedy and heartbreak.

Heatstroke symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and lack of coordination.

If you must travel with your dog in the heat, be sure to have cold water readily available for your best friend, as well as using a sunshade and always roll windows down partially.

Another summer danger for dogs is damage to the pads on their paws.

On an 87-degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach as high as 140 degrees, which can cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact.

It is also true that blistering can occur at 150 degrees.

It is important for your canine's health to avoid hot sidewalks, pavement and parking lots. Test the pavement with your hand before letting your dog set foot on it.

Veterinarians recommend that during the summer, you walk your dog early in the morning or late at night when it's cooler.

For more advice on how to keep your pets healthy and happy, come visit us at Nature's Pet!

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