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Veterinarians: Keep pets cool during heat wave

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Another summer heat wave is coming this week, and animal care officials are encouraging pet owners to keep their furry friends safe and cool.

FOX 12 meteorologist Mark Nelsen said Portland could see four days in a row, Tuesday through Friday, with temperatures over 100 degrees

According to the National Weather Service Portland, if that happens, it will be the first time in more than three decades.

Banfield Pet Hospital has the following hot weather tips for pet safety:

  • The best way to keep animals safe during the heat wave is to provide them shelter and plenty of drinking weather.
  • Owners should listen and watch from certain signs from their pets so they can know if their animals are getting overheated.
  • If a pet is displaying signs of heatstroke – symptoms include exaggerated panting, rapid heartbeat, high fever, vomiting, staring, anxious expression and warm, dry skin – their owner should contact their veterinarian immediately.
  • Pets need exercise, but walks on hot days should be taken during the coolest times and should be short in duration.
  • During walks, be aware of how hot the ground is under pets’ feet. Paved walkways can get dangerously hot and harm pets’ paws.
  • Never keep a pet in a parked car or in direct sun outside. According to the Oregon Humane Society, temperatures inside cars can become oven-like in just 20 minutes.

Heat wave updates can be found on the FOX 12 weather page, which has live local temperatures and more.

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