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FUN IN THE SUMMER FOR PETS—5 POTENTIAL DANGERS TO WATCH FOR

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Your pet should have a fun summer, too, we say!  Here are five things to watch for:   Heat:  This is probably the biggest danger, since it can result in heat stroke, sunburn and breathing problems.   “In general, the bigger the dog and the flatter the face, the more susceptible he or she is to over-heating, as are dark-colored (absorb more heat from the sun) and thickly-coated dogs,” said Lynn Gensamer, executive director of Humane Society for Greater Savannah.   She continued:  “Dogs do sweat, but through their paw pads and nose. A big black dog walking on asphalt...

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HEALTHY, HAPPY PETS—6 WAYS TO PROTECT THEM DURING SUMMER CELEBRATIONS

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Summer parties are a lot of fun for us, but not so much for our 4-legged furry friends. Unfamiliar people, fireworks and loud music can really stress an animal. This can result in stomach upset, scratching, shedding, growling, restlessness and more.   It’s best to keep your pet indoors. If that isn’t possible, veterinarian Dr. Jill Elliot, D.V.M., who practices both in New York and New Jersey,  and is co-author of the book, Whole Health for Happy Dogs, always tells her clients to avoid strong sunlight, prevent heat stroke and provide lots of drinking water.   Watch for signs of...

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