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Old June 24th, 2003, 09:19 AM
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SUMMER ALERT - Hot Weather Means Hot Pets

TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - Toronto is experiencing the heat of summer with temperatures reaching 30 C. The heat and humidity not only affects you, it also affects your pet. If you're uncomfortable in the heat, you can be sure your pet is just as uncomfortable.

<b>Practice Hot Weather Safety To Protect Your Pet</b>

- In hot weather, NEVER leave your pet in a parked car for any length of time. Within minutes, the temperature in a car can rise to 71 C, even with the windows open.

- Do not leave pets outside. Keep pets indoors with fresh water and ventilation.

- Take dogs for walks only early in the morning and later in the evening, when it is cooler outside.

- Pets are susceptible to sunburn, so limit your pet's exposure and consult your veterinarian about a suitable sunscreen.

- Watch out for hot pavement and sandy beaches. Pets' paws are sensitive and burn easily.

Pets suffering from heat intolerance may exhibit a red or purple coloured tongue, increased panting, glazed eyes and convulsions that can lead to collapse and possible death.

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke or exhaustion, remove your pet from the heat and place in a cool area. Gradually immerse your pet into warm (not hot) water, and then slowly cool the water.

Be sure a veterinarian examines your pet.

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