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August 28, 2013

Heat poses pet risks

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Make sure your pet has access to water, and you may need to refill the water bowl more often than normal. A couple ice cubes in the dish aren't a bad idea, either.

Heatstroke is the biggest risk for pets. As with people, heatstroke is when the body becomes unable to cope with the heat. It's potentially lethal. Symptoms can include lethargy, drooling, fever and vomiting.

“Heatstroke is a big risk for dogs, especially short-nosed dogs,” said Safrit. “If you think your dog has heatstroke, you need to get it to a vet immediately.”

Tips from the Humane Society of the United States:

• Limit exercise on hot days

• Watch the humidity

• Fans aren't as effective on pets as people

• Make some canine popsicles

Yes, you read that right. Peanut butter popsicles for your favorite pooch. Here's the recipe from the HSUS website:

In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren't essential but help with freezing consistency.) Line an ice cube tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. (You don't have to use the paper, but it can make prying the cubes out easier.) Spoon the mixture into the cubes, or drop onto the tray just like you would cookie dough. Freeze. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer. Serve. Turn any hot dog into a happy camper.

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