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How to keep pets cool during extreme weekend heat

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's important to keep an eye on your pet during the extreme heat.

Make sure that have fresh, cool drinking water available and limit their exercise and time spent outdoors.

Veterinarians say dogs do not sweat like we do, they sweat through pads on their paws and by panting.

If you take your dog for a walk, it's also important to remember that hot asphalt can burn their feet.

"It can also wear their pads a little bit faster and it can actually gain heat because their bellies are so close to the ground and most of them have hairless bellies, they can get heat that way so it can really raise their body temperatures as well," said Veterinarian Denise Follett with Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital.

The hot weather can also cause heat strokes in pets. Signs of heat stroke include panting, difficulty breathing, seizures, and/or vomiting.

If you see any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately. 

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