Hot Weather Safety Tips

Extreme heat can be dangerous for pets. Owners are encouraged to watch their pets closely for signs of overheating, use common sense and take simple precautions to keep animals safe in hot weather. 

  • Never leave animals alone in a parked vehicle! Even with windows cracked, interior temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees in 10 minutes.
  • Provide plenty of fresh clean water and a shady place for pets to get out of the sun.
  • Do not overexercise pets and keep them indoors in extreme heat.
  • Do not allow pets to linger on hot pavement. Animals are close to the ground and their bodies heat up quickly. Sensitive paw pads can burn. 
  • If preferred, trim longer hair but do not shave dogs as this increases the risk of sunburn and overheating.
  • Keep all unscreened windows and doors closed to prevent pet falls.
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around pools.

Additional hot weather safety tips are available from the ASPCA.