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Protect Your Pets During the Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer
Date:6/18/2009

PurinaCare offers pet owners tips on avoiding heatstroke and other warm weather ailments

SAN ANTONIO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- PurinaCare(R) Pet Health Insurance (www.purinacare.com), which is committed to help pet owners provide a lifetime of care for their dogs and cats, is urging all pet owners to be more aware this summer about the dangers of heat exposure. Pet emergency clinics receive several cases of heatstroke each week during the summer months. Dogs and cats of all breeds are sensitive to the effects of heatstroke and can fall victim to it in less than one hour, yet many of the symptoms may not be obvious to the average pet owner.

WHAT PET OWNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HEAT:

  • Dogs and cats do not sweat - the only way they can get rid of excess heat is through panting.
  • Exercise with your pet before the heat of the day. Limit activity on hot days.
  • Working breeds, long-haired breeds, pug-nosed breeds, obese animals and enthusiastic dogs are especially vulnerable to heatstroke.
  • The daily rule for water is: Provide one ounce of water for every pound the animal weighs.
  • Family outings with the pet: Provide water in a bowl before any activity and frequently during the day. If you're thirsty, so is your pet.
  • Never leave an animal outside without access to plenty of water and shade. If it is too hot for you to be outside, it is too hot for your pet as well.
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