June is Pet Preparedness Month – Week 1: Heat Safety

June is Pet Preparedness Month!

Each week we will feature a new safety/preparedness message, Week 1: Heat Safety





1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car.

  • Leaving the car parked in the shade or with windows cracked is will not prevent the inside temperature from reaching dangerous levels
  • If you see a dog locked in a hot car:
    • Contact animal control or police;
    • Record the vehicle info and have the business/store make an announcement;
    • Stay with the dog until help arrives

2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;

3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;

4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;

5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;

  • Press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for at least 7 seconds to verify it will be OK for your dog.
  • When the air temperature is 77 degrees asphalt in direct sun is up to 125 degrees (at this temperature skin destruction may occur)

6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet . Make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;

7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heart worms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;

8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.

9. Know the warning signs of heatstroke

  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy (tiredness)
  • Excessive drooling
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid pulse
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Red gums and tongue

If you think your pet has heatstroke, consult your veterinarian immediately.

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