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July 25, 2010

It’s hot out there!

Filed under: Health — Jenny @ 2:45 pm


Summer Tips for You and Your Pet

With this very hot & humid weather we’ve been having here in Ohio, I couldn’t help but think of how our pets are handling the heat. Below you will find a few tips we have gathered to help you and your pets beat the heat!

Whoa! It’s Getting Really Hot in Here!

NEVER leave your pets alone in a car.

On an 80° day, the temperature inside a vehicle can skyrocket to 114° or more in a matter of minutes. Dark interiors can easily reach 200°!  Cracking the windows or parking in the shade won’t help. Pets can quickly suffer heat stroke, brain damage, or even die in a hot car! When running errands, please leave your pets at home where they’ll stay safe & cool.

For a demonstration on how fast a car can heat up, visit the National Weather Service’s Heat Safety page.

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

If your pet exhibits any of these behaviors, consult a veterinarian immediately!

  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Stupor
  • Mild weakness
  • Seizures
  • Collapse

What to do if you discover a pet alone in a hot car, plus emergency tips on how to cool down an overheated pet:



Download our “Whoa! It’s Really Hot in Here!” fliers to hand out when you see a pet locked in a hot car.


More Tips

When it’s very hot, keep your pet indoors and provide a constant supply of fresh, clean water.  If you have an indoor/outdoor pet, be sure to provide plenty of shade & water outdoors.  Let your pet in during the heat of the day.

Walk your pet in the early morning or evening and be careful not to over-exercise him. Remember that asphalt can get hot! It can burn your pets paws and help raise your pet’s body temperature. Keep walking on asphalt to a minimum in very hot weather.


Keep unscreened windows closed to avoid falls or a lost pet.

Avoid spraying your lawn and garden with pesticides and when walking your pet, try to stay away from any lawn you think may have been sprayed.

Bring pets indoors during Fourth of July celebrations. The loud noises can scare your pet and he may run to get away from the noise. Many pets get lost this time of year, so be proactive and keep your pets indoors.


Supervise your pets around swimming pools. Keep a close eye on pets that are new to swimming.

Be sure to give a flea and tick preventive to each of your pets. Flea collars don’t really work and some flea/tick medications you buy at your local store can be harmful to your pet.  Ask your vet to recommend a safe program.

We hope with these tips, you’ll be on your way to a safe & happy summer with your pets! Enjoy!

Download our Hot Weather Tips brochure.

One Response to “It’s hot out there!”

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