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Protecting Your Pet From Heat Waves
July 1, 2021

This summer is shaping up to be a scorcher, with temperatures reaching record highs. While it looks like things will cool off a little bit this week, we’re not out of the woods yet. Hot weather can be extremely dangerous for pets, so you’ll need to take some steps to keep your furry friend cool, comfy, and safe this summer. A Portland, OR vet discusses how to do that below.


First and foremost, make sure that your pet always has fresh, clean water. You may need to set out more than one water station, especially if you have multiple pets and/or a large yard. Drop ice cubes into your pet’s bowl on sweltering days. Sodium-free broth is also a good summer snack. It contains electrolytes, which help prevent dehydration.

Climate Control

Limit your pet’s outdoor time when it’s hot, and just let your furry buddy relax in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners.

Cooling Products

There are quite a few products that can help your furry buddy stay cool. Cooling vests can be very helpful for dogs. You can also soak a bandana with water and tie it around Fido’s neck.


Make sure your pet has a bed in a cool, shaded spot. Hammock beds are great for this time of year. The air moving below them helps them stay cool. You can also try putting frozen towels or gel packs on your pet’s bed.


Try not to walk or play with your dog outdoors during the hottest parts of the day. Take Fido out in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out.

Paw Care

Sidewalks can get scorching hot in this kind of weather. Pets can easily burn their little toe beans! Try to keep Fido on soft grass when you walk him.

Cold Treats

Ice cream is a great way to cool down on sweltering days. You can buy some for Fido in many pet stores or supermarkets. You can also make your own. Look online for recipes that use pet-safe ingredients. Fluffy may enjoy some chilled or frozen squeezable treats.


Never leave your dog inside a car at this time of year. Cars can become dangerously hot very quickly, and can reach deadly temperatures in as little as ten minutes.

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