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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets

We’re entering the thick of another toasty hot summer! Foothills is here to help you keep your pet healthy, safe, and comfortable in the heat!

Avoid Leaving Your Pet In the Car

Avoid leaving your pet in the car unattended. Without the ability to cool themselves, pets are at significant risk of suffering from heat stroke if left unattended in a vehicle. If you are out and about and need to run an errand, it’s best to bring your pet home first.

Keep Outdoor Activities Leisurely

Keep outdoor activities leisurely and relaxed. Make sure to avoid strenuous activities like hiking and running during peak hours of the day. If you have a four-legged companion who loves joining you on your outdoor adventures, be sure to hit the trailhead early, pick shaded hikes, and bring along a bottle of fresh water for your pet.

Test the Pavement Before You Walk

Remember that hot pavement can burn paw pads this time of year. Before heading out on a walk, try placing the palm of your hand on the pavement. If it’s too hot for you, it surely won’t feel good to your pet’s little feet! Try a shaded, grassy park instead for outside time. Make sure to give your pet easy access to fresh, cool water and a place to get out of the sun.

Keep a Close Eye Out for Changes in Behavior

If your pet’s behavior seems uncharacteristic when spending some time outside, quickly get them into some cool shelter and seek veterinary attention right away. Signs of overheating may include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, weakness, and collapsing.


We hope you enjoy playing and romping in the sun with your furry companions as you keep these hot weather tips in mind!

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