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By Gene Warner For

A dog’s normal temperature is anywhere from 101 to 102.5 degrees, or a few degrees warmer than a human’s.

So compared with humans, dogs might seem to have more protection against the 90-degree heat wave sweeping through Western New York.

But dogs are ill-equipped for heat, largely because they don’t sweat.

“They haven’t bred a dog yet who can perspire,” said Gina Browning, public relations director for the SPCA Serving Erie County.

That’s why SPCA officials, veterinarians, dog wardens and pet owners are shouting from the rooftops this week about the dangers of the heat on their pets, especially dogs.

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