6 tips for keeping your pet safe during a heat wave

Business Insider | 7/19/2019 | Savanna Swain-Wilson, INSIDER
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INSIDER spoke with experts from the ASPCA and learned some helpful tips on how to keep your pets happy, healthy, and safe during your summer holiday.

High temperatures can cause animals to experience stress, dehydration, and death.

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Pet owners should not leave their animals alone near swimming pools, campsites, hiking trails, or inside cars.

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Summertime may be synonymous with endless fun for the family, but it can also present a serious problem for pets.

Record high temperatures can cause your furry friend to experience life-threatening heatstroke, and even the warm-weather activities you do can cause distress to your pet.

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Keep reading for tips on how to keep your pets happy, healthy, and safe all summer long:

"Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals," said Lori Bierbrier DVM, medical director of community medicine at ASPCA.

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Yes, it's true that most mammals are susceptible to sunburn and bug bites. But that doesn't mean you should be covering your dog with the same stuff you use on yourself. Many sunscreens and insect repellents contain ingredients that are harmful if eaten.

Remember, your pet does not understand what these products are or why they're used. If you choose to cover their skin with it, there's a good chance they'll want to investigate using their sense of smell or taste.

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Bierbrier told INSIDER, "Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy, while misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems." In 2018, 6.2% of the phone calls to the ASPCA Poison Control Center were related to insecticides like bug spray.

Instead, look for a sunscreen or bug spray that is designed specifically for animal use. These usually don't contain the same ingredients as human versions....
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