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While we are happy to advise you and share our knowledge with you, we would never propose that our recommendations be used instead of consulting with your veterinarian about any concerns or issues. You know your pet better than anyone, and should always use your best judgement regarding obtaining the best care for your pet. ©2015 PetPeople Enterprises, LLC

Did you know? 
Even on a mild day, studies have shown that the temperature in a car quickly rises to more than 30° higher than outside air temperature. When it is 90° outside, the temperature inside a car can quickly reach a deadly 120° in a matter of minutes!

Did you know? 
Short-nosed breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, or boxers are more prone to overheating since they cannot pant effectively.  These pets, along with the elderly, overweight, or those with heart or lung disease should be kept cool in an air-conditioned area as much as possible

Provide plenty of cool, fresh water at all times

Pets can get dehydrated quickly – make sure your pet has a clean source of water available all the time.  Pets should be kept indoors during the hottest hours of the day, but if you must keep your pet outside, offer water in a spill proof container.  If you are exercising or walking your dog, be sure to bring plenty of water with you.  Most pets won’t drink out of a water bottle so don’t forget a bowl!

Provide Shade

If your pet is outside or exposed to sun, be certain they have access to shade. 

  • If your pet must to be outside, please provide a dog house.  It is best if there is additional shade from trees or a porch.
  • If your pet is kept crated inside, make sure the sun does not shine in a window– a seemingly comfortable spot may become dangerous in the hot sun. 

Practice Water Safety

Keep pets supervised while near a pool or other body of water – not all dogs are good swimmers!


  • Never leave a pet unattended or in a fenced area near a pool or other body of water – if they were to fall in, even a dog who can swim may drown if unable to find a way out of the pool.
  • Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from their fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool or salt water, which could contain chlorine or other chemicals that might make your pet sick.

Have Street Smarts

When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger or walk on hot asphalt. 

  • Being close to the ground, pets can heat up more quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. 
  • If you have to walk your pets on asphalt consider getting boots or using a product like "Mushers Secret" to protect their paws. 

Know the Warning Signs

Always keep an eye on your pet for warnings signs of overheating.  Symptoms can include –

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart or respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Mild weakness or stupor
  • Collapse
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Elevated body temperature of over 104°

Know the Treatment

If your pet becomes over heated, seek treatment immediately. Take measures to bring your dog’s body temperature down as soon as possible.

  • Place your pet in a tub of cool water or run cool water over their body with a hose
  • Be sure the water comes in contact with the skin, especially the belly and insides of the legs
  • Run water over the gums and tongue, but do not try and force a disoriented pet to drink
  • Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible, but try to bring the body temperature down first


No Parking!

Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.  On a hot day, a car (even with the windows open) can become a furnace in no time, which can lead to fatal heat stroke.

  • Cars trap heat inside and even on a mild day the heat can reach a deadly high temperature
  • Temperatures in a car can rise to more than 30° higher than outside air in less than ten minutes
  • Studies have shown that cracking the windows offers little cooling effect
  • If you see a car with a pet locked inside, call your local law enforcement.  You may save a pet’s life.
  • Check your car! Upon exiting your vehicle, check to make sure a pet didn’t sneak in - they often see an open car door as an invitation.  If they get shut in, by the time you realize they are missing, it may be too late.

Avoid Chemicals

Commonly used chemicals can be harmful to your pet.   Store summertime chemicals out of reach, so they can’t be ingested.  When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals.  Possible dangerous chemicals include – 

  • Commonly used flea and tick products
  • Rodenticides
  • Lawn and garden insecticides
  • Citronella candles
  • Fertilizers
  • Cocoa Mulch

Fireworks aren’t Pet-riotic

Leave pets at home when headed to a fourth of July celebration, and never use fireworks around pets. Even unused fireworks can be toxic to pets - many fireworks contain toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic, and other heavy metals.  In addition, exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns or emotional trauma to pets - loud noises can be terrifying for some dogs, especially those with thunderstorm phobias.  Common signs of noise phobia include:

  • Shaking or trembling
  • Excessive drooling
  • Barking or howling
  • Trying to hide
  • Trying frantically to get out of house/fence/or other enclosure
  • Refusing food
  • Some animals may lose bladder or bowel control as a result of a panic response

Every year, more stray dogs are taken to shelters after the 4th of July than any other time of the year.  The loud noises scare pets and even those who normally wouldn’t stray run from their yard in an attempt to escape the noise. Take these steps to keep pets safe over the holiday –

  • Keep pets at home
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Close curtains and turn on a radio or TV to provide some distraction
  • Make sure the pet’s ID tag is current - this can be your pet’s ticket home should he get lost

With proper management and supervision, your pet can enjoy a healthy and happy summer season!

Everyone loves spending time outside during the long, sunny days of summer, but hot weather can spell danger for our furry companions.  Every year during the warm summer months, veterinarians see a spike in the number of pets with heat related illnesses.  Even the healthiest pet can suffer from dehydration, sunburn, or heat stroke if overexposed to the heat – and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Click here to learn more about the hot weather products we carry!

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Start Off on the Right Paw

A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check up is a must!  An annual check up is important to make sure your pet is in good health, as well as a heartworm test and heartworm preventative medication. 

In addition, be sure to start a flea and tick control program!  Spring is the time to start flea prevention – please see our page on Flea & Tick Control for more information in choosing a preventative. 

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