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Hot dog: how to keep your pets safe during the summer

Millie, a Brittany spaniel, walks alongside Patty, a dachshund, June 23 at F.J. "Red" Kane Park in Arlington. Communications senior Rachel Henry adopted Millie four years ago.

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Patty, a 12-year-old dachshund, enjoys short walks at the dog park in the summer and jumping in ponds while chasing ducks.

After a dip in the pond, she frolics in the shade with the other dogs before pawing at her owner’s legs, begging to be carried back home.

Communications senior Rachel Henry said she always ends up caving and carrying a happy yet panting Patty back to the car.

Hot dog: how to keep your pets safe during the summer

Patty, a dachshund, swims with ducks in a pond June 23 at F.J. "Red" Kane Park in Arlington. Patty is the only one of communications senior Rachel Henry's dogs that she has raised from birth.

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Amanda Lara, PetSmart pet care leader, said dogs are more likely to overheat than people are, making pet care important during the summer.

Pay attention to a dog’s panting, Lara said. Dogs will pant and slobber when they’re happy and excited, but it’s also a sign that they’re overheating or need water.

“They’re going to need [water] just as much as you will,” she said. “Just make sure that you have some form or fashion of giving them water while you’re out there and paying attention to their body language.”

When running errands, it’s never advisable to leave a dog alone in a car, Lara said.

Hot dog: how to keep your pets safe during the summer

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