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Keeping Your Pet Cool When the Weather Gets Hot

Keeping Your Pet Cool When the Weather Gets Hot

Dogs and cats love the great outdoors. It provides ample opportunity for them to explore and play. However, in the summer it can also bring about plenty of dangers. To keep your pet healthy and safe, be sure to follow a few simple guidelines.

Hot Pavement

In the summer, pavement has been measured at well over 50 degrees hotter than the air temperature. That's why it's important to protect your pet's paws when taking them outdoors.

Be sure to check the temperature of the ground by placing your hand on it for 10 seconds. If you cannot comfortably keep your hand on the ground, then it is too hot for your pet. Here are some tips for taking your pet outdoors in the summer:

  • Keep your pet in grassy areas
  • Go for walks in the evening when it's cool outside
  • Try shoes or boots for your pet's paws to protect them

Pools and Lakes

While it may seem like a great way to cool your pet off, pools and lakes can be a hazard for pets. Before allowing your pet near a body of water, be sure to take precautions.

  • Always supervise your pet
  • Familiarize your pet with the water when they're young. Not all pets can swim!
  • Install a fence around your pool to prevent accidents
  • Keep your pet on a leash so they don't wander off
  • Purchase a life jacket


Much like their humans, pets need extra water when it's hot outside. To avoid dehydration, follow a few simple guidelines.

  • Use a bowl that will not easily tip over
  • Keep the bowl clean and full all day
  • Add ice to help keep your pet cool
  • Bring fresh water and a bowl if you are playing outdoors

Cooling Products

There are a number of products on the market designed specifically to keep pets cool. Consider purchasing one or more to help your pet stay healthy in the summer. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Cooling vests and pet beds
  • Reflective harnesses
  • Inflatable pools
  • Toys that can be frozen

Although you should be cautious in the summer with your pet, there are plenty of ways to ensure their safety while still enjoying the great outdoors.

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