Conrad and I do just fine in the heat because we stay in air conditioning. If we walk, it’s in the mornings, usually before 8am, before the pavement heats up. But because I’ve seen some idiots walking their dogs in the afternoons lately — when it is HOT AS F*** HERE — I thought I’d collect a little guide of links to pet safety tips for hot weather. It’s not exhaustive, just some stuff from reputable national organizations about keeping your pets in air conditioning, first aid for pets with heat stroke, not walking your pet on hot pavement, and not leaving your pet in a car that will basically become an oven in five minutes.
The heat wave forecast for basically the entire country was a second inspiration for this post — so check on horses and people, too.
- Pet Heat Safety from the Red Cross.
- Warm Weather Pet Safety from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Hot Weather Safety Tips from the ASPCA.
- Keep Pets Safe in the Heat from the Humane Society of the United States.
Conrad is not a barn dog by any stretch, so I don’t worry about keeping him cool while I am at the barn. Here are some pictures of him enjoying a Milkbone, in a chair, in the air conditioning:
I like how his eyes get a little crazy when he chomps on a treat.