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Heat can be hard on animals. Here's how to keep them safe.

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Posted at 10:19 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 10:19:02-04

(LEX 18) — Heat can be especially deadly for animals, especially for those that are outdoor pets.

Dogs, cats, and even small animals such as rabbits and hamsters can get sick from being exposed to heat for too long. It is also important to know the warning signs of a heat stroke in your pets.

It is recommended that you always have cool water accessible for animals and to provide shade to your companion. Lexington Emergency Management officials also recommend making sure you give your pups a frozen treat after a long walk or exercise.

NEVER leave your animal in a hot vehicle.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms in your pet:

  • Excessive panting
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Bloody gums