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Heat Can Be Too Much For Pets: What to Look For

Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — With the heat wave coming you aren’t the only one who may need to cool down.

The heat can also get to your pets.  Leaving them in a car, outside, or exercising them in the middle of the day can dehydrate them.

The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society says during these next few days, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your pet’s behavior.

Dakin Spokesperson, Candy Lash says, “One of the things that we caution people to look for if you find that your animal is panting very heavily, is lethargic, or there’s weakness, that could be a sign that your pet has undergone some stress with the heat.  And you’ll want to get them to a cool, shady spot, cool them down with water, and get in touch with your veterinarian right away.”

And if you see a pet outside with no shade or cool water, you should call local animal control or the MSPCA.