When Temps Heat Up, Pets Can Be In Peril
When temperatures rise into the nineties heat exhaustion can be hard to avoid but easy to spot in our four legged friends.
At Alachua County Sheriff's Office, deputies are taking steps to protect their working dogs in the summer heat.
ASO has an alarm system that alerts a sheriff's deputy if their car heats up to an unsafe level.
The system actually turns on a fan and rolls down windows for the dog inside until the officer can come back and flip on the air conditioning.
If you're not fortunate enough to have an alert system of your home, there are things that pet owners can look out for to make sure they aren't putting their dog in distress.
Panting is the only way a dog can cool itself down, if the pup is panting extremely hard while looking extremely fatigued, it's probably a good idea to bring them to the vet.
Alachua County Animal Services say they recommend all dogs be brought in doors this time of year, but if that's not possible, they say make sure the pet has a shaded structure and cool, fresh water at all times.
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