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Keeping pets cool during the summer heat wave

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 4:14 pm | Updated: 12:06 am, Sun Jul 7, 2013.

Pets face as many heat hazards as we do this time of year, and Valley veterinarians say they're treating more and more pets for heat exhaustion.

Veterinarians say heat stroke can set in fast. They recommend you stick to the shade and limit your pet's time as much as possible on the asphalt because it can quickly burn your dog's paws.

Signs of heat stroke to keep an eye out for include weakness, high fever, vomiting and unresponsiveness.

Heat exhaustion can be deadly to pets. So if you think your pet could be suffering from it, you need to seek help fast.

"Most of the time people didn't realize. It certainly was not intentional. And they bring them in very quickly when they realize that there is a problem," said Brandi Garcia, a critical care specialist at Emergency Animal Clinic in Gilbert.

Many pet owners, including Michel Amador, change their dog's routine in the summertime.

It's safe to say her 7-year-old dog Scooby Doo gets plenty of attention.

"Scooby Doo is my best friend. He cares about me just as much as I care about him," she said.

Amador treats him like her own child.

"Just gotta give him lots of water and a lot of love," she said.

They're cutting playtime and walks a lot shorter as the heat keeps climbing.

"The heat is horrible. Even for us, when we walk outside. Oh my gosh, it's like an oven, you know!" Amador said.

To keep Scooby Doo safe, Amador brings lots of water with her whenever they go out, even for short walks.

Because she knows a happy dog means an even happier owner.

"My little precious little boy," she said, hugging and kissing her dog.

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