Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe
in the Heat
Whether your pet stays indoors or outdoors, it is
important to keep them safe from the summer heat. Learn
more about how to protect your pet when the temperature
Tips: How to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy in the Heat
Heat Stress in Pets
drooling, weakness, and
reluctance to move in a
pet may be caused by
heat stress. It can
also cause vomiting,
Heat stroke can be
life-threatening in a
pet. If you see any of
these signs, take your
pet to a veterinarian
Some pets are at higher
risk - pets with short
noses or long hair, pets
that are older, obese,
or have heart or lung
disease are more likely
Talk with your
heat risks for your pet.
Give Your Pets Everything They Need for the Heat
Make sure your pet has access
to clean, cool water at all times.
If your pet is kept outdoors, provide
them with plenty of shade.
with long fur can more easily overheat.
Brush pets more frequently
excess hair and help them feel cooler.
Ask your groomer or
trimming your pets coat
short for the summer.
Some pets may have very
thin/patchy fur, or may
not have any fur at all.
These pets are at a
higher risk of getting a
labeled for pet use may
be applied to protect
their exposed skin.
Safe Exercise and Play with Your Pet in the Heat
Be active with your pet in the morning
or evening hours when it’s cooler out.
Take frequent breaks to make sure your
pet is not overheating; do not force
your pet to continue if they need to
rest. Bring enough drinking water for
both you and your pet.
The ground gets hotter than the air.
Feel the ground before your pet walks on
it. Avoid surfaces
like asphalt that may burn your pet’s
Always supervise pets near pools or
bodies of water. Wash your pet after
swimming to remove excess chlorine,
salt, or other chemicals. Do not let
your pet drink from a pool, ocean, lake,
Travel Safely with you Pet in the Heat
Last updated: July 3, 2019