Hot Weather Hazards for Dogs

July 24, 2012 | 10:38am

Summertime is here and the Department of Animal Services (DAS) wants to remind everyone that these hot days can pose a danger to your pets.

“Animals can be very sensitive to high heat," said Director of Animal Services Dawn Danielson. "Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh cool water and shade; and cut down or stop any exercise for your dogs when it is hot."

DAS offers eight tips to help your pets:

  • Keep your pets indoors if the temperature is lower inside; 
  • Keep your pets' water supply in a tip-proof container, always topped off, and be sure it stays cool (pets will not drink water that is too hot);
  • Consider a misting system to keep the outdoor areas cooler;
  • Be sure your pet has shade ALL DAY. Remember, the sun's position changes during the day;
  • Do not take your pets for car trips unless absolutely necessary. A car can heat up very quickly. On an 85 degree day, a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and soar upward to 120 degrees --even with the windows down an inch or two;
  • If you exercise with your dog, do so only in the very early morning when the temperature is lower. However, it may be better to leave your dog at home.
  • Don’t take your dogs for walks on the hot pavement. If it is too hot for you to walk barefooted then don’t make your dogs do it either
  • Consider adding a child's wading pool for your dog. Many dogs will keep cool by "taking a dip."

Following these tips can keep your pet safe and healthy. If you see a pet that is in imminent threat of death or injury, call the Department's emergency number at (619) 236-2341. For non-emergencies, call (619) 767-2675.