Pets need help beating the heat

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s not just people who become uncomfortable when temperatures soar. Pets can languish in the heat too. 

When it is hot, Fido will let you know. 

The heat can take a toll on your four legged-friend and it’s important to take precaution. 

“Animals are just as sensitive to heat as we are,” said Faithful Friend’s Veterinary Clinic veterinarian, Michael Henricks. 

Henricks says his office has received an increase of calls related to heat exhaustion this time of year. 

The normal body temperature of a dog and cat ranges between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. But in excessive heat, your pet’s temperature can reach anywhere from 103.5 to 104, a real danger zone. 

“Once they get over 104 for an extended period of time you start seeing neurological changes. You’ll start seeing seizuring, excessive tremoring,” said Henricks.

 He says a simple household item like rubbing alcohol applied to their foot pads can help cool them down. 

Plenty water and shade are the best ways to keep your pets safe. 

“Things that can be really helpful is getting a kiddie pool, making sure you keep that full with some water,” said Henricks. 

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