An excessive heat warning is in effect today through the weekend, with temperatures forecast to reach 113 degrees in Tucson.
During the summer months, the veterinarian at Northwest Pet Clinic says they see two to three pets a week suffering from symptoms of dehydration. Pets are cooled down with fluids, ice packs and fans.
"If you're concerned of course, the best thing to do is bring them in and make sure they are ok," Abbey Kovarna, the veterinarian at Northwest Pet Clinic said. "But if you know they're panting a bit heavily, seem a little bit warm you can always cool them off with a nice cool bath, not cold but cool water to see if we can relax them and get their heavy breathing and panting to subside."
In this heat, try and keep your pets indoors, and never leave them in the car alone.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has tips to prevent your pet from overheating. Visit the following link for tips: http://bit.ly/112MsaG
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