Pets and Hot Weather
Posted at 1 p.m.
June is Pet Preparedness Month. And it’s also the beginning of summer — officially beginning today, June 21 — and that means hot weather.
Please remember: Never leave pets (or children) in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and it can be deadly for your pet.
- Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors.
- Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet.
- Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days.
Since pets cannot plan for themselves, it is important to make a plan for your pet’s safety.
- Include your pets in your emergency plans.
- Build a separate emergency kit for your pets. View what items should go in it: www.ready.gov/pets.
- Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated.
- Include the number of an out of town relative on your pet’s ID tag.
- Think about “microchipping” your pet. These permanent implants help locate your pet following a disaster.
- Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens.
Get more pet preparedness tips and information from Ready.gov.