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Today is National Heatstroke Awareness Day (July 31).

When it comes to dangerous heat strokes, the Animal Rescue League is reminding pet owners about the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car with their safety campaign, “Too Hot for Spot.”

The threat for heat stroke is there, especially in the hot summer months.

The Animal Rescue League offers these tips to keep your pet safe and healthy:

  • Prevention is always your best bet. Whenever possible, leave your pet at home in a cool humidity and temperature-regulated room.
  • If your pet must be outdoors, find a shady spot with ample air flow to prevent overheating.
    Hydration is key, so keep a bowl of cold water accessible at all times.
  • Limit exercise to the morning or evening hours when temperatures are at their coolest.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car—even with the air conditioner on or the windows cracked. Learn the dangerous consequences of leaving your pet in a hot car.
  • Spot an animal in imminent danger or distress? Contact your local Animal Control Office or Police Department.

For more information, go here.

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