Hot Weather Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool

Overheating in pets is a life threatening situation. Do you know the symptoms and what to do? Better yet, do you know how to prevent overheating?

How to Prevent Overheating

  • Make sure pets have plenty of clean waterTrim but don't shave to help prevent overheating
  • Make sure pets have a shady place to get out of the sun
  • Don’t over-exercise
  • Keep them indoors when it is extremely hot
  • Never leave a pet in a parked car
  • Don’t let pets linger on hot asphalt
  • Groom more often to remove excess hair
  • Trim but do not shave pets with long hair
  • During extreme heat, leave a fan on or the air conditioner even when you are not home

Symptoms of Overheating

  • Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart and respiratory rate
  • Drooling
  • Confusion/Stupor
  • Mild weakness
  • The gums, tongue and conjunctiva of the eyes may be bright red
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Collapse

What to do in an Emergency

  • Remove the animal from the heat source
  • Use a fan to increase air circulation
  • Wet your pet with cool tap water
  • Wrap in a wet towel
  • If you are not sure if your pet is overheating, take its temperature*

Pets Especially at Risk

  • Puppies up to 6 months of age
  • Large dogs over 7 years of age and small dogs over 14 years
  • Overweight pets
  • Dogs who are overexerted
  • Ill pets or those on medication
  • Pets with short, wide heads like pugs, English bulldogs, Boston terriers and Persian cats
  • Pets with cardiovascular disease and/or poor circulation


* Temperature guidelines

  • Mildly increased temperature (less than 105°F) may only require rest, a fan to increase air circulation, fresh water to drink and careful observation.
  • Markedly increased temperature (greater than 106°F) must be treated more aggressively. CALL YOUR VET!

Other Helpful Links

Be a Cool Owner: Don’t Let Your Dog Overheat

ASPCA Hot Weather Tips


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  1. Really very helpful post. My dog usually get sink in summers and that’s why I have got him insured for his illness and injury. But this tips might help and reduce vet visits, they are really costly.

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