Pet Safety Tips For Summer Heat: Protect Your Fur Babies!

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Summer Pet Safety Tips 

Even though Summer has not yet officially arrived in Charlotte, it's arrived for all intents and purposes. This week our temperatures will see temperatures moving towards 100 degrees. No doubt we are talking a weather forecast that is HOT, HOT, HOT! And if it's hot for us humans, it's HOT, HOT, HOT for our pets. Pets are more at risk in summer than any other time of the year.


How hot is too hot for your pet? Touch your hand to the ground for 5 seconds.  If it's painful or uncomfortable for you, it's too hot for your pet's paws.


ASPCA's infographic below points out the 5 Summer Dangers For Pets, which include sun and heat, fireworks and thunderstorms, hot cars, toxic chemicals, and parties and barbecues. Following the safety tips outlined in this infographic will ensure that your pets enjoy a pawsitively great summer.



Summer Pet Safety Tips



Why You Should NEVER Leave Your Pet In A Hot Car

Every summer we hear reports on the news about pets that have perished in a hot car or were rescued from a hot car. Did you know that hundreds of pets die each year from being left in a hot car or from heat exhaustion?


A car heats up very quickly in the summer heat... don't take chances with your pet by leaving it in the car for even a couple of minutes. If it's  90 degrees outside, your car heats up to 114 degrees within 10 minutes and to 129 degrees within 30 minutes. Cracking your window open will not help keep the car cool enough for your pet.


How Hot Does Your Car Get In Summer


7 More Tips For Caring For Your Pet During Hot Summer Weather

  1. Be sure to have plenty of water available for both your dogs and cats when it's hot as they can get dehydrated much more quickly. Be sure to carry water with you when out with your dog. 

  2. Don't leave pets unsupervised around your pool. If your dog swims in your pool, hose it off to remove chlorine and chemicals as soon as possible.

  3. Keep pets off of hot pavement and asphalt as much as possible to keep their pads from burning.

  4. Keep your pets protected against mosquito bites by not skipping on heartworm medicine in the summer months.

  5. Don't shave your longer haired dogs thinking it will cool them off... it might instead cause them to be sunburned.

  6. If you keep windows open in your home, be sure to install screens securely so that dogs and cats don't fall out.

  7. Know the signs of heat stroke in dogs and cats.


Staying aware of these dangers to our fur babies will keep the coming summer season a happy one for both pets and their parents.


These Summer Pet Safety Tips are provided by Nina Hollander/Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker RealtyGreater Charlotte  area residential real estate experts and pet lovers/parents. We've been opening doors for Charlotte area home buyers and sellers and their four-legged family members for 20+ years.




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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor




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Comments (18)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You always post such important tips for our furry friends Nina. Yes if it's hot for us, can only image how hot, hot, hot it is for them!

Jun 15, 2022 11:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

These are definitely timely reminders.

Keep cool and have a great day.

Jun 15, 2022 11:59 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

our pets have always lived inside and go out to potty on grass in the shade in summer. We never took them for walks when it's above 75 degrees out on the street or hot gravel even. We also have booties for when it's freezing out.

Jun 15, 2022 12:19 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina that is an excellent infographic with lots of good information.

Jun 15, 2022 12:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... Bingo likes to lie in the sun on the lawn even in this heat... but he doesn't last long. He has the good sense to ask to come in.

Jun 15, 2022 12:35 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thanks, Roy... it's so hot out there right now, hard to imagine how all those dogs with fur coats can stand it.

Jun 15, 2022 12:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Don Baker hi Don... our Bingo does like to go out and have a little sun bath... but those sun baths don't last as long as they do in the spring.

Jun 15, 2022 12:37 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto thanks, George... I see lots of people driving around with their dogs and am always concerned that people will park somewhere and leave them sitting in their cars.

Jun 15, 2022 12:38 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Great post and timely.  We still people walking their pups on the hot pavement when it is over 100 out here.  Bill 

Jun 15, 2022 01:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bill Salvatore - East Valley thanks, Bill... really makes you wonder what people are thinking! They won't walk barefoot on the hot pavement but let their pups do so.

Jun 15, 2022 02:20 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I just got a text from Next Door reminding homeowners to keep pets indoors, it is getting too hot outdoors!   88 today and tomorrow and Friday should be 95 degrees.

Jun 15, 2022 04:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nina- It pains me to see pets left in cars or outside without shade or water. I came this close to calling the police and breaking a car window a few years ago. I called the pet owner's cell phone (her business sign was on her car). Thank goodness, the owner came out. 

Jun 15, 2022 06:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Nina - it is best to leave the pets at home if you are going our on errands.

Jun 16, 2022 03:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Joan Cox good morning, Joan... I had a neighbor who used to leave her dog out all day even in summer. Yes, the porch was covered, but still way too hot. I was happy to see the back of them when they moved.

Jun 16, 2022 04:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib good morning, Kathy... you were fortunate that you found a number to call the owner... that's rarely the case. Really makes you wonder what people are thinking.

Jun 16, 2022 04:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Grant Schneider good morning, Grant... I totally agree... no reason to drive around doing errands with your dog when the weather is this hot.

Jun 16, 2022 04:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Leaving pets in a hot car happens a lot - it's so sad.

Jun 16, 2022 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kat Palmiotti good morning, Kat... leaving a pet in a hot car is not only sad... it's criminal if you ask me!

Jun 16, 2022 05:31 AM