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Hot dogs: Canine companions need help beating the heat

5:32 PM, Jun. 29, 2013
Hot sidewalks and streets can burn the pads on a dog's paws. Look for ways to keep them cool.
Hot sidewalks and streets can burn the pads on a dog's paws. Look for ways to keep them cool.
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When the temperatures top out, the two-legged have a multitude of options to beat the heat. Without our assistance, dogs usually have just one - panting.

In extreme heat scenarios, such as the interior of a car, panting can just exacerbate dehydration. And when it's 80 degrees outside, the inside of a car can reach 125 degrees very quickly, even with the windows left open. Each summer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals receives dozens of reports of dogs who've died after being left in hot autos by naive or careless pet owners.

"Basically, don't take your dog out if you don't have to, ...

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