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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Pet Safety in the Heat

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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 rises.


Quick Tips: How to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy in the Heat English / Spanish

tips for keeping pets healthy and safe in the heat

Heat Stress in Pets
Excessive panting, drooling, weakness, and reluctance to move in a pet may be caused by heat stress.  It can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures.

Heat stroke can be life-threatening in a pet. If you see any of these signs, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

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 to overheat.

Talk with your veterinarian about
heat risks for your pet.
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NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE IN A PARKED CAR! Even if the windows are 'cracked' or open.

  • On an 85°F day, a car’s temperature can reach 100°F in less than ten minutes.

  • Always look before you lock!


Cooling Centers - In extreme heat, cooling centers will be activated around the County of Los Angeles. 

  • Call the cooling center before you go to check if pets are permitted.

  • Call 2-1-1 for an updated list of cooling centers in Los Angeles County or click here

  • Call 3-1-1 for an updated list of cooling centers in the City of Los Angeles or click here


Give Your Pets Everything They Need for the Heat

  • Water. Make sure your pet has access to clean, cool water at all times.

  • Shade. If your pet is kept outdoors, provide them with plenty of shade.

    • Do not leave pets in a garage as a garage can easily overheat due to a lack of ventilation and insulation.

  •  Grooming. Pets with long fur can more easily overheat.

    • Brush pets more frequently to remove excess hair and help them feel cooler.

    • Ask your groomer or veterinarian about 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 sunburn. Sunscreen labeled for pet use may be applied to protect their exposed skin.


Safe Exercise and Play with Your Pet in the Heat

  • Choose the morning or evening hours when it’s cooler out to walk or exercise your pet.

  • 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.

  • Feel the ground before your pet walks on it. The ground gets hotter than the air. Avoid surfaces like asphalt that may burn your pet’s paws.

  • 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, or river.


Additional Resources:

Summer Weather Tips - Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control



Last updated: June 15, 2021

Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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