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      Keeping pets safe as the mercury rises

      With hotter temperatures, your pets could be in danger.

      During the summer months, temperatures could reach extremely high numbers and experts say that if you can bring your animal inside, do so.

      If not, they say it's very important that you make sure they have a lot of shade, or a wading pool for them to lay in, and cold water to drink.

      Dr. Freeland with Albany Pet Partners says "unfortunately a lot of pets don't make it to the clinic because you have to recognize the early signs. the early signs are the panting, and that excessive panting, bright red tongue and lips. those are dangerous signs, that pets needs in the house right away."

      He adds that you should never leave your pet in the car when it's hot.

      Pets can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and even brain damage.

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