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Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:13 am, Sat Jun 9, 2012.

As temperatures begin to rise in and around Lodi, staying cool becomes a priority for a lot of folks. Every summer, beating the heat is a challenge, even with spray bottles, ice-cold water and swimming pools.

But people are not the only ones who need cool water to drink or to swim in. Pets also need a way to stay cool as temperatures begin to jump in June.

Dogs, cats and even birds are prone to summer dangers like heat stroke and dehydration. Combating hot weather becomes a task not only for you, but for your pet as well.

According to PALS, health issues like heat stroke are preventative.

Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin, only through their foot pads and nose. They lose water by panting rather than sweating. So being in a hot environment can seriously harm a pet.

Never take your pet in your car when you are heading out for an extended period of time, the organization states. Even if car windows are left cracked, temperatures inside a vehicle can spike to 120 degrees in just 30 minutes.

Patricia Sherman, co-founder and director of the Animal Friends Connection on South Cherokee Lane, said that if it is at all possible, bring dogs into a cool house or give them the option of coming indoors if things get too hot by installing a doggie door.

Misters on patios are another option to keep the heat down for families and pets, she said. And kiddie pools could provide a welcome reprieve from the heat for both children and dogs.

"Do whatever you can to give your pets a shaded corner," Sherman said. "Do whatever you can to keep them cool."

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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