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Unlike humans, dogs and cats can't sweat to cool themselves. Advice from vets is to keep your pet safe in summer's heat. (Washington Post photo)

Even in summer, dogs and cats have fur coats for a reason

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Summer is here, and we've shed our coats. Dogs and cats don't have that luxury, but their fur, which keeps them warm in winter, also protects them in the summer by preventing them from taking on too much heat. It's a fine system until it gets too hot, at which point it can be overwhelmed, with potentially dire consequences.

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