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Tips to keep your pets safe and cool during the summer heat

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Quincy, IL (WEM) - A Local animal experts gave tips on how to keep your pet safe in the heat.

Sally Westerhoff, Quincy Humane Society Executive Director, said pets need access to fresh, cool water. Outside dogs need adequate shelter from the sun and heat. Also, it's best to walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening rather in the middle of the day. She explains along with the heat, hot pavement can burn the pads on the dog's feet.

"[If you] put your hand on the asphalt and you can't hold it there comfortably, it's too hot," said Westerhoff, "So, just keep them off when the pavement is that hot."

Westerhoff said if the pads get burnt, seek treatment from a veterinarian.
She also said like humans, dogs can suffer from heat illness.

"[Pet owners] certainty need to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke," she said. "So, certainly, if they lose consciousness, excessive panting just slows down and gets them to shade and cool them off."

She warns animals should never be left inside a car, especially in the heat.

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Chelsea Smith

Meteorologist Chelsea Smith is part of the WGEM Storm Track Weather team.

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