Is Your Dog or Cat Having an Emergency?  301.662.2273

Summer Lovin'

Never leave your pet in a warm car:

  • When the outside temperature is 85-degrees, the temperature inside the car can reach 102-degrees within ten minutes.
  • Even when the temperature is below 85-degrees, it will seem much hotter to your furry friends.

Check the humidity:

  • Make sure you aren't keeping your pets outside on a humid day.  If it is too high of a humidity concentration, they aren't able to cool themselves and their temperature could rise quickly.  
  • Dog's temperatures should not reach above 104-degrees.

Limit exercise on warmer days:

  • Be sure to adjust the intensity and duration on higher temperature days and try to keep it to early morning or evening hours.
  • Avoid walking them on asphalt as it gets hot and will burn their paw pads.  Try to walk them on the grass and always carry drinking water.

Provide ample shade and water:

  • In cases of extreme heat waves, adding ice cubes to your pet's water can help cool them down.
  • Tree shade and tarps are ideal froms of shade because they don't obstruct airflow.

"Shrimp on the barbie?"

  • If you are bringing your pets to cookouts over the summer, make sure you get the OK from the host of the party.
  • Watch them around pools and other bodies of water to ensure they don't fall in or risk drowning, especially when children are playing.
  • Try to keep them away from any grills or fire pits to ensure they don't get burned.
  • Make sure they have a place where they can go to get away from the crowd as well as to keep cool.
  • Inform the guests not feed your pet table scraps.

Signs of heat stroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Glazed eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Profuse salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Deep red or purple tongue
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness


If you think your pet is displaying signs of stroke, call your local veterinarian or CARE at 301.662.2273.


Pet-friendly summer activities.