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"Hot" Dogs: Pet Safety in the Summer

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We all know that feeling, getting into a hot car sitting in the sun all day and for our pets that feeling is even worse. Doctor Rick Helms says that even though dogs are extremely smart. You should never put them in a situation where they cannot seek shade or water.

A dog can with stand about 107 degrees for a short period of time before they face any real danger. However, animal control suggests planning ahead, and if you know you're going to non-pet friendly store you should just leave them at home.

The great falls animal control says they usually receive a couple complaints a day reporting animals being left in hot cars.

The Human Society and they have some simple tips for pet safety in the summer:

1) Limit exercise on hot days: go on an early morning run or late in the evening.

2) Don't rely on fans or AC units. Because they can fail.

3) Keep your pets cool inside and out: this means treat their bellies once in a while to some cool snacks (they make dog popsicles) and of course make sure they have plenty of water.

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