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Pets fight the summer temperatures

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The brutal summer temperatures are taking a toll on our furry friends.  Humans are able to escape into the air conditioning and have water on hand to keep hydrated, but pets have a harder time when temperatures rise.  With one of the worst summer seasons we have seen in years, keeping your pet safe and cool is more important than ever.

Visitors to Cooper Creek Park are taking precautions for their pets to beat the heat.

Pet owner, Faye Kuehl, knows how intense the sun can be on her dogs.  "We walk them early in the morning and try to walk them in the shade. They get ice water and they stay in the house. We have a sun room with a doggy door and they come and go when they want to, so we don't have to keep them outside in the heat," explained Kuehl.

"We have one that we have to put sunscreen on because she is all white so she doesn't get sunburned. If they want to get in the pool, they get in the pool.  That's about it, we make sure we have plenty of water outside," said the owner of five dogs, Jason Burgess.

Experts say with the lack of rain there has been a spike in flea and tick infestations.  Pet Supermarket employee, Dana Kissane, has seen an increase of customers in need of a solution to the bug-biting problem.

"It's the worst time of year; this area has been really bad for that.  We sell several different flea products. I recommend the Advantage or Frontline. It's a topical solution that you can get your pet. It protects them all month long. It kills fleas, eggs, and the whole stage. So it helps prevent your house from becoming infested," explains Kissane.

Many other products are on the market to help protect your pet from the sun.  Water bottles and water coolers help keep a flow of cold and clean water into a bowl at all times.  For older pets that cannot get around as well, there are beds made with cooling cushions to comfort them.

One tip to always remember is to never leave your pet in the car unattended.

"You absolutely should not leave your pets in the car.  It takes very little period of time for them to become overheated and heatstroke is very common. When you go to the grocery store a lot of times you will see animals left in the car with the windows rolled down a little bit. In these hundred degree temperatures that's just definitely a no, no," says Kissane.

If you are gone during the day, remember to make sure your pet has plenty of water and shelter to protect itself from the summer heat.

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