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As the temperatures get warmer, many pet owners want to go outside with their cat or dog. After all, it's a great way for you to soak up the sun and for your pet to stretch their legs. But it's worth being cautious of your pet overheating--and keeping an eye out for warning signs of that.
Some signals are very obvious, like your cat or dog panting, or a dog's tongue sticking out of its mouth. But there are a few surprising signs you might not think to look for--but we all should be.
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They are as follows:
Your cat or dog's tongue and gums turn bright pink or red.
Your cat or dog is lying down more often than usual.
Your cat or dog is stumbling a lot.
Your cat is excessively grooming.
Your cat is drooling.
Your dog is lifting its feet awkwardly.
Your dog has a dry and tacky mouth with a mucus-like buildup.
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Now that you know what signs to look out for, the next step is to help your cat or dog in the hot weather. This can be done by providing them with plenty of fresh water, avoiding taking them out in the middle of the day when it is typically the hottest, making sure there is always access to a shaded area outside and a cool area inside, and perhaps cutting their hair if they have a lot of it.
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Heat a cupful of freshly ground coffee beans in a cast-iron skillet over low heat. Once the scent is released, remove the pan to the offending room and set it on a trivet, where it will absorb the smell.
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