State Veterinarian Offers Tips for Keeping Pets Safe in Summer Heat

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iStock 000013973931XSmall With record-breaking heat making much of the Northeast miserable early in the summer season, Maryland Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian Guy Hohenhaus reminds pet owners to protect their four-legged friends from potentially deadly heat.  


"Even the youngest and healthiest cats and dogs can become dangerously overheated very quickly in these temperatures,” said Dr. Hohenhaus. “Pets can’t tell you when they’re hot and thirsty. You should assume that if you’re hot and uncomfortable outside, your pet will be even more so. You should also be able to recognize and quickly respond to signs of heat stress and injury.”

 

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