Safe Summer Outings for your Pets

July 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm 1 comment



  • While your pup may leap at the opportunity for a joy ride, leaving any pet—dog, cat, rabbit, etc.— alone in a parked car during warm weather can be deadly. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked open, can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes the temperature will reach up to 140 degrees. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.

dog on hot pavement

  • Your four-legged friend needs exercise too. However, exercising in the summer heat can be just as uncomfortable for your pet as it is for you. Take your walks in the early mornings or late evening, not in the heat of midday, and remember that hot pavement can burn the pads of your pet’s paws.

Dog in moving car

  • Keep your pet inside moving cars whenever you travel. A carrier is the safest place for your cat. Letting your dog travel with his or her head outside the open car window is dangerous—flying particles and debris can cause eye damage, and some pets have actually fallen out of moving vehicles. And dogs should never ride unsecured in the back of pickup trucks, regardless of how slow you are moving.



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  • 1. Carrie  |  June 26, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Sadly..i see too many pets walked in very hot DRY temps. We wear shoes..often not considering doggies paws. And their proximity to the ground. Also remember your babies only cool down via their panting. A short walk can turn into a deadly overheat condition. Thank you Pet Nanny for reminding us for pet safety during these hot summer days!


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