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Protect your pet from the summer heat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --When the temperature goes up during the summer, so does your pet's chance for heat exhaustion.

WDRB's Keith Kaiser visited the Kentucky Humane Society to learn how to keep your pet safe this summer.

A couple of things to think about when walking your dogs in the heat. Put your own hand on the pavement test before a walk. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your pet. Short-nosed dogs and cats are particularly at risk: keep time outside to a minimum.

Walk in the morning or evenings and walk on grass instead of pavement.

Use cooling accessories and carry extra water: wet pet bandannas or a wet towel.You can even throw it in the freezer, it lasts longer.

Make icy dog and cat treats. Making "pup-sicles" and "cat-sicles" is easy and fun for kids to make, and pets love them.Try ice cube trays filled with low-sodium broth or fill a bucket of water and put treats and toys in it. Or you could  freeze canned dog or cat food in molds.

For more summer tips, call the Kentucky Humane Society's FREE Pet Help Line 509-4PET.

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