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    When the temperature is very high, do not let your dog linger on hot asphalt.  Being so close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly and paw pads can burn.  Walk your pet in the early morning or late evening when it is cooler.

    NEVER leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle.  On a hot day, a parked car can become an oven quickly (even with the windows open) and your pet may suffer from heat stroke.

    Symptoms of heat stroke include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, weakness and even collapse.  Make sure your pets have a shady place to relax.  Fresh, clean water should be provided at all times.

    Commonly used lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to your pet if ingested.  Citronella candles, oil products and insect coils may be harmful as well.  Be sure to keep them out of your pet’s reach.  Seek immediate veterinary care if you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance.

    Warmer weather may lead to longer walks with your pet.  It is important to always keep your dog on a leash and no longer than six feet.  Please be sure your pet is microchipped and has a collar with an up-to-date ID tag.  If your pet is not microchipped, please contact us for more information on “chipping” your pet.