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Pet owner's tips for beating the heat

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The official start of summer is just around the corner and for all you pet owners there are some important pet dangers to be aware of when the weather heats up.

The Humane Society recommends leaving your pet at home on runs when it's above 75 or 80 degrees outside. They say one thing dog owners often overlook is that a dog's sweat glands are mostly in their paws, making a run on a hot day unbearable.

"When people are running, those sweat pads are on the dog's feet. And so a dog is on hot pavement, or hot grass, and it's really hard for them. It's really hard for them to kind of release that heat," explained Laura Maloney with the Humane Society of the United States.

Maloney also advises pet owners to keep dogs away from pool cleaning supplies and keep water dishes clean to avoid algae and bacteria.

Also make sure to keep an eye on your pet's breathing, before they experience heat stroke.

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