Aug 8, 2011 9:38 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

SPCA warns heat hurts pets too

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Humane Society of New Orleans is warning pet owners that the heat warnings apply to animals as well as people.
The society has received calls for pets left in the sun with no shelter and water or water that is too hot to drink.
Society president Beau Gast says the HSNO and several partner veterinary facilities continue to receive emergency calls from panicked residents whose dogs show signs of heat stroke - profuse salivation, disorientation, lethargy or unconsciousness.
Gast says pets need shade at all times when outside, should never be left in closed cars and should be kept inside when possible.
He also says people should limit an animal's exercise and be aware that hot sidewalks can burn paws.


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