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Protect Your Pets from Summer Heat


A little kindness goes a long way in protecting our pets from heatstroke. If it’s too hot for you to be comfortable in your car, your yard, or out on a walk, then it’s far too hot for your pets. 

  • Please keep your pets indoors during the hottest parts of the day. Walks and exercise are best done in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a lot cooler out. 

  • Truck beds get extremely hot in the sun. Sidewalks, asphalt, sand, and dirt can also burn your dogs’ paws. If a surface is too hot for you to touch, then it’s too hot for your dog, too. 

  • Don’t leave your dog in the car. Dogs cool themselves down by panting cool air but it’s not possible in a hot car. Here’s a simple rule: If it’s 70 degrees or more outside, it is too hot for your dog inside your car. Cracking the windows and parking in the shade won’t solve the problem because car interiors heat up so fast. 

  • Give your pets fresh, cool water throughout the day. Most dogs won’t drink hot water, no matter how thirsty they are. A kiddie pool in the yard makes a nice cooling spot for your pup! And please make sure that your pets’ water bowls won’t tip over. 

  • Make sure your dog always has access to shady areas outdoors. Including grass and greenery in these areas always helps keep things cool. 

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