How to keep your pets cool in the summer heat

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ADA, OK -- With temperatures rising, it's important to keep you and your family cool during the summer, and that includes your furry family members.

"Heat can be very dangerous to animals, it can cause strokes. It can cause seizures, and death obviously being the worst," said Veterinarian, Stephanie Rollins.

Rollins says pets, especially ones kept outdoors, are very prone to experiencing heat exhaustion. She says it's important to make sure they have a cool spot to relax on a hot summer day.

"Keeping plenty of shade, that would be better, but if they can't, as long as they have something covered and plenty of shade to get into and access to tons of water because they can get dehydrated so quickly," Rollins said.

Rollins says if pet owners decide to keep large dogs outside, they need at least 10-20 liters of water a day. She says animal hair can also affect how your pet responds to the heat.

"Just shave them down, get them short hair, and it gets rid of all that excess that holds in the heat because it's made to keep them warm in the winter but in the summer they just need to cool off," said Rollins.

Rollins says it's also important to not over-cool your pet.

"That's a big no-no because you'll cool them too quickly, and send them into hypothermic shock so they'll get too cold, and then you've got a whole new set of problems on top of being overheated," said Rollins.

Rollins advises when temperatures rise, pet owners not keep their pets outside for more than an hour, and that they constantly check to make sure they have cool water nearby.

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