As the weather warms up, it is essential to have a plan for our furry friends. Fortunately, these hot weather safety tips for pets provides a checklist for pet owners to factor in when spending time outdoors. Whether you are planning a beach getaway or a long weekend, make sure you are prepped for hot weather for all your family members. We sat down with our Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol, to learn more about hot weather safety tips for pets and how to keep your best friends protected.
Top ten essential hot weather safety tips for pets
1. Limit time outdoors
If it’s too warm for you to enjoy, then it’s definitely too warm for your best friend to enjoy. Consider enjoying the sunshine in increments or take breaks indoors. That way the entire family can enjoy their time outdoors.
2. Plan walks accordingly
It is important to plan your walks, that way you’re not
walking at the hottest part of your day. For example, typically earlier in the morning
and early evening are cooler times of day to walk. Further, consider shortening
your walk to keep your pet from over-heating. If you have any concerns or
questions, reach out to your veterinarian on the best course of action for your
3. Stick to the shade
The pavement, asphalt, and sidewalks can heat up very quickly on a hot day. To illuminate this further – the asphalt can reach upwards of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. “If you place your hand on the asphalt for 15 seconds and it is too warm for your hand, it is definitely too warm for your pet’s paws,” points out Marmol. Consider walking your dog in the grass or toss the ball in the shade. These are certainly beneficial hot weather safety tips for pets and humans alike!
4. Provide cool pet care accessories
If you are spending time with your furry friends outdoors, make sure to provide options as a way for your pets to keep cool. Consider a cooling vest for your pets, such as Ruffwear Cool Gear, or keep a portable misting fan with you when you are out. Also, the versatility of a cooling vest allows for multi-uses ranging from the beach to the trails while traveling.
5. Protect your pup’s paws
Paw protection is a must-do for your pets. Naturally, keeping your pup’s paws safe is essential for a happy and healthy pet! Consider dog booties, shoes, sox, or paw pad wax. Keep in mind, a paw pad wax is a great option for prevention but should be used as a supplement with a shoe or bootie. Bear in mind, every pet is different and might not initially take to wearing footwear.
6. Be wary of the sun and UV rays
Beware of exposing your furry friends to too much fun in the sun. Similarly, your pet’s safety is your top priority as a responsible pet owner, so protection is a key factor in exposure to UV rays. For instance, pet sunscreen might be a beneficial option for your pets with shorter fur. Consider talking with your veterinarian on the best course of action to keep your pet protected.
7. Hydration is essential for your furry friends
A critical point among these hot weather safety tips for pets of all kinds is access to water. Proper hydration is a critical component for the health and safety of our furry friends. In addition, “consider supplying room temperature water as ice-cold water might be a bit hard on pet’s stomachs,” says Marmol. In addition, keeping water with you at all times allows for your pets to grab a drink even while on the go.
8. Pick pet-friendly activities during hot weather
Pets are family. Naturally, we want to be able to spend quality time with our furry friends during the summer months. Consider planning pet-friendly activities, such as lawn games, a family walk, or a dip in the pool. For instance, a dog pool gives your pup the opportunity to stay cool and hydrated while being outdoors with the family.
9. Provide a cool and relaxing pet-friendly home environment
As the temperatures rise, a relaxing pet-friendly home environment is a must-have for pet owners and their furry friends. In addition, consider keeping bowls of water in multiple rooms, as well as a proper circulation of cool airflow throughout your home. Essentially, a pet-friendly home should always have places for your pet to play, roam, and relax!
10. Never leave your pets in the car
The most important of these hot weather safety tips for pets is to never leave your pets in a hot car. When pets are left in the car, they can experience heat exhaustion, dehydration, heatstroke, or worse. If you would like your pet’s company throughout your day, check within your local community on pet-friendly accommodations. Further, by keeping your pet at home, they can experience quality pet enrichment in the comforts of your own home while you are away.
Hot weather safety tips for pets: safety measure for the entire family
Hot weather safety tips provide a resourceful guide for new
and seasoned pet owners alike. By keeping cool, staying in the shade, limiting
time outdoors, and providing hydration you are steps closer to a fun-filled family
and pet-friendly summer season.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.