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How to keep your pet safe in these blistering temperatures

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -

With the blistering temperatures outside, here is a reminder about pet safety.

Some leave their pets in the car for a short time while grabbing a few things at the store, but one veterinarian we talked to said leaving an animal in a closed car without air conditioning is extremely dangerous. If they get over a certain temperature it can actually cause brain damage.

Doctor Justin Brown with Brown Animal Hospital said if your pet is outside a lot in the heat there are ways to avoid a trip to the vet for overheating. 

"Don't be afraid to get them a little bit wet. I mean if they're out and you are having a picnic on Sunday, and the dogs are playing hard, if they'll tolerate it, squirt them down with some water. It can actually help quite a bit," said Brown. 

If your pet is panting for over a minute it's a good indication they need water. Brown also wants you to know if your pet is overheating, hose them down with cool water before rushing them to an animal hospital.   

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