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      Helping your pets beat the heat

      Humans aren't the only ones that can suffer from this late summer heat, but also for our four legged friends.

      Animals face all the hazards and risks with excessive heat and humidity that humans do.

      Dogs don't tolerate heat well because they don't sweat. It will feel as hot for them as it will for you.

      Avoid outdoor games or jogging with your pet and keep your pet off of hot surfaces, such as cement and asphalt.

      As with children, do not leave your pets in a closed vehicle. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140F to 190F degrees within 30 minutes on a hot sunny day.

      "Keep them out of cars. Don't kid yourself. If you are going to a big store, you know it's going to take a half hour or more. Just leave them at home. We don't want to have anybody suffer unnecessarily from heat stroke in this heat wave," said Catherine Webb, DVM at Lindquist Veterinary Care Center.

      Always be sure your outdoor animals have access to shade and a water bowl full of cold, clean water.

      Different signs to look for when a pet could be suffering from heat illness include panting and difficulty breathing. If you suspect any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.