Excessive Heat Pet Safety

The temperature of the pavement during Tucson’s hot summer months is hot enough to burn the pads of your dog’s feet.  We know your dog loves to go on walks, but it can be dangerous. Do you know the basics of summer pet safety?

To keep your dog safe, do the 5 Second Rule before every walk.

Go outside to where you plan on walking and place the back of your hand on the surface for 5 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them. Try to limit your walks to the early morning and the late afternoon/evening, avoiding the hottest times of the day. See if your dog can adjust to wearing their own new shoes, and always check your dog’s feet after a walk.

Remember to never leave your dog in the car without air conditioning.

If dogs could speak, they would tell us that car rides are one of their favorite activities. As you know, during our Tucson summers, our cars can act more like an oven than a means of transportation. The temperatures can increase as much as 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. Cracking the windows is not enough to prevent the temperatures from becoming too hot. If you see a pet left in a car and you suspect they are in danger, call 911.

Even if you are providing all the right tools to for your pet to be safe during the summer, it is still important to know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice these warning signs, make sure to get your pet into a calm, cool area and contact your veterinarian immediately.

  • Excessive panting
  • Heavy breathing
  • Red gums
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Disorientation

Don’t forget to have fun this summer! Set out a kiddie pool or purchase some fun water hose attachments. Let your dog play in the water to keep them cool. You can also freeze a bowl filled with dog treats, toys and water. Your dog will love playing with their new treat and it will help them beat the heat. Don’t forget to always check that your dog has access to plenty of shade and water and enjoy the summer with your favorite fur friend.

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