Excessive heat can be draining for people, but pets are even more suceptible to heat-related illness.
During warm weather, even dogs left in cars in the shade can quickly succumb to heat stroke and suffer brain damage as a result.
If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heat stroke, including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite or coordination, get the animal into the shade immediately.
You can lower a symptomatic dog's body temperature by providing the dog with water, applying a cold towel to the dog's head and chest or immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water. Then immediately call a veterinarian.
PETA makes the following suggestions for safeguarding animals:
For even more tips, visit PETA.org .
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