Hot Weather Safety for Pets

As you have probably noticed, California summers can get pretty hot. Now imagine wearing a fur coat on a sweltering summer day. Yikes! Unfortunately, our furry friends have no choice in the matter. Heat can be very dangerous for pets! Below, a Moorpark, CA vet discusses hot weather safety for pets.

Keep Them Inside

The best way to help pets beat the heat? Keep your furry pal indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners. If you have a dog, try to walk Fido in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler out.


Never ever leave your pet in a parked vehicle. Temperatures can reach deadly levels inside parked cars in just a few moments! Enclosed rooms without climate control are also very dangerous. If you have a kitty that likes to follow you around, keep an eye on Fluffy, and make sure you don’t inadvertently lock her into a garage, shed, or attic.


Pets should have plenty of fresh water at all times. Consider getting an automated waterer or a pet fountain. On really hot days, drop an ice cube into your furball’s water to cool it down. If you have a kitty, you can also offer Fluffy an ice cube to play with. Cats’ paw pads help them regulate their temperature, so batting an ice cube around will help keep your kitty cool.

Heat Stroke

Panting and drooling can be warning signs of heat stroke for both dogs and cats. Kitties may also groom themselves excessively or meow unusually. More serious symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, discolored gums, and trembling. If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately give your pet fresh water and contact your vet.


Make sure your furry buddy has a bed in a cool, comfy spot. Many pets appreciate having a fan pointed at their beds.

Cold Treats

Who says Fido and Fluffy can’t enjoy cold snacks? Make pupsicles for Fido by pouring sodium-free broth into an ice cube tray or paper cups. Add shredded meat, cheese, bacon bits, apple slices, or doggy treats, and then freeze it. You can offer Fluffy some cold broth, or make her a cool treat by mixing tuna and water with plain yogurt and parsley, and freezing it in small portions.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Moorpark, CA animal hospital!

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