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Summer Heat Not so Neat in Katonah

KD tried to make a go of it.

But after walking one block in the Hamlet of  Katonah Monday, the 15-year-old Maltese had enough and was quickly scooped up in the arms of her owner, Lorraine Scalia of Katonah.

“I tried to get her out early before it go too hot, but she’s not handling it too well,” Scalia said as she cradled the dog like a child . “We decided to go back home where there is air conditioning.”

Monday’s temperatures were expected to be in the high-80s, with rain and thunderstorms expected later in the day. Weather conditions like these can be a challenging for humans. But the stakes can be higher for pets, who don’t have the luxury of speaking up if they are overwhelmed by the heat.

Here are a few tips from the ASPCA for making sure that pets are protected from the heat.

Know the Warning Signs

Symptoms of  overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No Parking

Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Temperature in parked car could rise to levels that  lead to a fatal heat stroke for pets.

Summer Style

Give dogs a summer haircut to prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

More tips can be found here .

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