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July 25, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Andy Campbell

Caring For Animals In The Summer Heat

With another heat wave expected to impact the area this afternoon, it's important to keep in mind a group who often suffer in high temperatures: your pets.

While many animals enjoy spending time outdoors, daily highs reaching near 100 can cause dangerous conditions for them that could result in heat stroke.

Officer for the University Police and member of the New Nodaway Humane Society, Kristina Martinez, says animals often show signs of heat stroke that begin with panting.

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She says it's important to keep a watchful eye out during today's heat for an animal that could be in distress, and adds, if you can help the animal yourself, do it.

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Martinez adds if you're planning on leaving the house for the afternoon, let the neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your pets for you.

If you leave a pet the car for a short period of time, leave a phone number visible in the event someone needs to contact you.
Martinez reminds everyone, what you feel outside, may not be what your pet is feeling.