Keeping pets cool


Rosaria, left, serves Lara ice cream as Kiyoko looks on in a pets shop in Rome, Monday, June 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

It's a good idea to give your pets a little extra attention as the heat rolls in on Michiana.

Pet owners should make sure their animals have a lot of shade and even more water.

If owners take their dogs for a walk over the next couple of days, it’s important to bring water with and keep the track to five or ten minutes even if your pooch wants to keep going.

Ideally, pet owners should try to keep dogs and cats inside as much as possible when it's this hot.

Owners of a bulldog, pug or another breed with a short nose and squishy face should take extra care of them.

“They have a lot of trouble breathing and the heat can really get to them quickly and before you know it, they have a problem,” said veterinarian Scott Gellman.

It should go without saying that pet owners should never leave your pet in the car when it's this hot. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature can climb up to 40 degrees an hour inside.

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