How to Keep Your Pets Cool When the Temperatures Soar

Keep your pets cool this summer with these valuable tips from Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Photo: © olezzo –

YOUR TOWN MONTHLY – Cars aren’t the only dangerous place for pets during the summer months. Any climate that is not temperature-controlled (including backyards and homes without air-conditioning) can turn deadly. Be aware of your surroundings and how they will affect your pet.

When going for a walk or letting kitty enjoy some supervised outdoor time, a good rule of thumb is to test the ground your pet will be walking or lying on with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.

Be mindful of pavement temperatures when walking your pets to avoid paw Photo: © Evrymmnt –

If you like to exercise with your pet, dawn and dusk are generally the coolest parts of the day, and the least likely times for your pet to become overheated.

For longer excursions, be sure to carry a bowl and fresh, clean water with you so you and your pet can stay hydrated on-the-go.

Two dog in swimming pool

Backyard pools are one way for your dogs to stay cool during the heat of summer. Photo: Gayatri Malhotra/Unsplash.

If you need to leave your pet outdoors, they must have access to plenty of drinking water. Be sure there’s a shady area or children’s wading pool with a few inches of water for them to retreat to on warm days.

If your dog has a heavy coat, get them a close-cropped summer haircut, leaving about an inch of hair to protect from sunburn. If you have a cat, brushing them frequently will thin out their coat and help regulate their temperature.

A close-cropped haircut will help your pet look fresh and stay cool during the summer. Photo: © sergio321 –

Never leave your pet unattended near swimming pools or other bodies of water. Not only might they be a weak swimmer, but you also want to be vigilant they don’t drink chlorinated or unsafe water. And after swimming, remember to rinse them off to remove salt or chlorine from their coats.

dog with sunglasses

Photo: Josh Rakower/Unsplash.

Virtual Adoptions
Looking for a furry friend during this trying time? Good news — ARF is now offering a no-contact virtual adoption process!

Virtual Adoption Hours at ARF
2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek
Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm

For more pet care tips and resources, visit Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s website at