By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Our pets feel the heat just as much as we do. Keep them cool and comfortable.

Dehydration can set in quickly, and this can become a serious situation so always provide plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. Make sure your pets have easy access to a shady place to get out of the sun; but it’s always best to keep them indoors in extreme heat. Be careful not to over-exercise them. Take walks in the early morning or early evening to avoid excessive heat and be aware that sensitive paws can burn or injure easily on hot asphalt.

Watch for signs of heat stroke with symptoms that may include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. This may also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Keep senior, pregnant, and ailing pets cool and comfortable and keep an eye on the Brachycephalic {short-nosed) dog and cat breeds like Pugs, and Persians as it is more difficult for them to breathe in extreme temperatures.

Dogs and cats can suffer from sunburn too, especially on the tips of the ears, nose, tail, and on the stomach area so don’t keep your pets out in the sun for too long. Always make sure to provide plenty of fresh water at all times. Remember to check the bowl periodically for refills and add some ice cubes to keep water bowl filled and cool at the same time.

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