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Shelter offers warm weather tips for pets

North Shore Animal League America offers the following warm weather tips for your pet:

Never leave your pets in a car, even if it’s parked in the shade and the windows are open. A dog or cat’s temperature can rise rapidly and to a dangerous level within a few minutes in a hot car. Heat stroke and even death can then occur.

Always make sure your pet has fresh, cool, clean water available. Dogs, and even cats, drink more on hot days and water warms up quickly.

Some dogs do not like to swim. Do not force your dog into the water if he/she is frightened.

If your dog likes to swim, do not leave him/her unattended. Bathe your dog afterwards to remove all sand, mud and chlorine. Also, be sure all pool chemicals are stored safely out of reach. Make sure your dog can easily exit from the pool when tired. Many above ground pools are easily to get into than out of.

Keep all poisonous garden chemicals out of reach of your pet. Read instructions thoroughly and carefully before applying to your lawn or garden.

Many outdoor plants are poisonous to dogs and cats if ingested; keep your pets away from your garden and do not let them eat any plants.

Do not allow your dog to hang out the window of a moving car. Objects, such as rocks or tree limns, might hit your pet or he/she might fall or jump out.

Do not allow your animals to ride in the back of a pick-up truck. They may be thrown out or they may jump out.

Take your pets inside if there is a possibility of a thunderstorm. Loud thunder may frighten them or lightening could strike them.

If you are in the yard with your pet, make sure there is a shady area for it to get out of the sun and heat.


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