Protect your pets in the summer heat

Published 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Pet owners should heed the warning signs of heatstroke, including:

  • Panting or drooling excessively
  • Weakness or dizziness
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dark red gums
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid heart rate

Heatstroke is an emergency condition. If a pet is suspected of being in extreme heat, they should be moved to a cooler area, and owners should call a veterinarian.


Pets in cars

Studies have shown that when the outside temperature reaches 85, a car’s interior heart can quickly reach 120. Even when the temp outside is a comfortable 70 degrees, the temp in a car can reach 100 in only 30 minutes.

Never leave pets unattended in a car, even with windows cracked. This is not enough to keep a pet safe from the heat.


Other tips

Trupanion, a national provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs, suggests the following tips to keep your pets cool during the summer.

Limit outdoor time. If it’s too warm for you to enjoy, there’s a chance it’s too warm for furry friends.

Plan walks accordingly, so pets are not outside at the hottest part of the day.

Stick to the shade. Pavement, asphalt and sidewalks can heat up very quickly. If it is too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot for the pet’s feet. Consider walking your dog in the grass or staying in the shade altogether.

Provide cool pet care accessories. Consider a cooling vest or a portable misting fan.

Protect your dog’s paws. Consider booties, shoes, sox or paw pad wax. Every pet is different and may not like footwear initially.

Be wary of the sun and UV rays. Protection is a key factor — consider sunscreen for pets with short fur.

Hydration is essential. Consider supplying room-temperature water and keep water with you at all times for your pet.