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Don’t let the heat get them

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Sweltering days in the tropics raise your pet’s risk of heatstroke. Neither cats nor dogs can sweat, except through their pads. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Never leave your pets in the car.

2. Exercise your dog in the cool of the day – early morning or late evening. During the day, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on the pavement, it’s too hot for your dog.

3. Let cats bat around an ice cube, perhaps with a treat frozen inside.

4. If your dog or cat does show signs of over-heating, spray them gently with cool water and put them in front of a fan.