Animal health is a high priority with the recent heat wave.
 
It's hard enough for humans to stay cool in these heat warnings, let alone pets with a coat of fur on them.
 
"Making sure they aren't stuck in a room with direct sunlight for a long amount of time, or outside where they can't get to the shade, and sometimes just the shade isn't enough with some of these extremely high temperatures we have had as of late," explained veterinarian Lani Lafrance.
 
"Of course always making sure they have a full bowl of water, and if you know your going to be away from home longer the usual always have someone checking on them."
 
The heat is also warming up the sidewalks, making pet paws a concern.
 
"If you can't put your bare hand on the cement for at least five seconds then there is no way your animal should be on it," added Lafrance.
 
Other tips include yearly check-ups, never leaving your animal in a parked vehicle or unsupervised by a pool (not all dogs are good swimmers).
 
Some signs of overheating include excessive panting (or difficulty breathing), drooling and an increased heart or respiratory rate.
 
27 07 2017 vetVeterinarian Lani Lafrance outside of the Fort Saskatchewan Veterinary Clinic.

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