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Protect your pet from the Southern California heat wave




Laurel Birmingham and friend at the Pasadena Humane Society.
Laurel Birmingham and friend at the Pasadena Humane Society.
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We had a nice break from the hot weather for a long time — but then boom, in came the heat wave. And with the 90- and 100-degree weather that's with us for a couple weeks, you'll want to prevent heatstroke in your pet — and know what to do if it happens.

For advice, I went to the Pasadena Humane Society to get tips from Laurel Birmingham, the shelter's health care manager. 

Wanna know how hot it is for your pet? "Put on a fur coat," Birmingham says. That's what it's like for dogs and cats, except they can't perspire like you and me. And if you can't take the heat on the sidewalk on your bare feet, it's certainly too hot for your dog.

A tip from Laurel: buy an electronic rectal thermometer now and keep it on hand — properly labeled. "The dog's core temp is between 100-102," she says. "If it's over 103, they're in the danger zone."

Listen to my interview with Laurel above, and check out these tips from the Pasadena Humane Society website: