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Viral: Husky pup cools off in freezer

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Photo: Imgur via Reddit user AmericanCarrot Photo: Imgur via Reddit user AmericanCarrot

Don't you wish you could fit in the freezer to cool off sometimes? This Husky puppy seems pretty content.

The photo going viral was posted to Reddit Monday. The user says the Husky, named Stark, seemed a little over heated after his walk, so they tried a new method of cooling the puppy off - the freezer!

"We regret it now because it is next to impossible to get him to come out," Stark's owner posted on Reddit.

Hopefully Stark enjoys it now, because he won't be able to fit in the freezer for too long!

Siberian Huskies are one of the breeds that enjoy cooler temperatures. Other dog breeds more susceptible to overheating include short-nosed breeds such as pugs, bulldogs and boxers.

Dr. Kathryn Bennett at Largo's Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists says summer temperatures can be too hot for dogs. Activities like walking and running can overheat dogs.

"Don't exercise your pets in the heat of the day," said Dr. Bennett. "They can't cool themselves like we can."

Bennett says dogs cool themselves by panting. But, when the air outside is hot, they end up breathing in hot air, which does not cool them down at all. Pet owners should watch for signs that their dog is overheating.

The signs of heat stroke include increased heart rate, excessive panting, increased salivation, bright red tongue, red or pale gums, thick, sticky saliva, depression, weakness, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.

If your dog gets heat stroke, you should remove it from the hot area immediately and lower its temperature by placing cool wet towels over the back of the neck, under the forelimbs and in the groin area. Allow your dog to drink water if it can drink on its own. Take your dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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