Our Furry Friends

August 2023

Summer can be uncomfortable — even dangerous — for pets. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone high humidity, but things really get tough in areas like ours that experience both.

Here are some tips to keep your furry friends safe and comfortable this summer.

Never Leave Pets in a Parked Car

Not even for a minute. On an 85º day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 102º within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120º. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

Watch the Humidity

It’s not just the ambient temperature, humidity can also affect your pet. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will quickly skyrocket to dangerous levels.

Limit Exercise on Hot Days

Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog hydrated.

Provide Ample Shade & Water

Any time your pet is outside, make sure it has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat — in fact, it makes it worse.