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Top 10 Dog and Cat Injuries

How to avoid these common injuries in your dog or cat.

10. Heat Stroke/Dehydration

This is most common in elderly, overweight, and short-faced breeds. Be careful when exercising your pet in hot weather.

According to the ASPCA, on an 85-degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach a sweltering 102 degrees, even if the windows are open a couple of inches. If your dog is panting a lot, get her to a cool place quickly.

“You can spritz them down with water and put a fan on them,” Livaudais says. “But if they’re struggling for more than a few minutes, it’s time to go to the veterinarian.”

Reviewed on March 21, 2011

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