PET OWNERS BEWARE AS TEMPERATURES RISE.

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As temperatures rise across the nation, doctors from Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group, Brooklyn, N.Y., are warning of the dangers that hot weather can have on pets.

According to Brett Levitzke, founder and medical director of VERG, every dog--regardless of physical fitness, age, size, or breed--can suffer from heat-related illness. Leaving pets outside for long periods of time, engaging in strenuous physical activity, or locking them in a hot car all can be severely detrimental during steamy days. It is critical to make sure pets always have access to plenty of water.

"Many individuals are aware of the danger summer months can pose to their pet's health. However, most are not familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion or what to do in the event their pet becomes ill," says Levitzke. "It is important to be mindful of an animal's health when outside or in...

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