Hot Weather Tips for Pets

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  • Bert and ErnieKeep your pets hydrated with plenty of cool water.
  • Provide shade and water, if your pet is outside.
  • Avoid exercising pets during peak hours. Exercise them early morning or later in the evening.
  • A dog’s paw pads can burn easily when walking on asphalt, artificial grass, cement or other similar surfaces. Walk them later in the evening or early in the morning when it’s cool.
  • Apply sunscreen on your dog’s nose, ears and belly to prevent sunburn. Ask your veterinarian what brand you should use.
  • For rabbit owners: Place a two-liter frozen bottle of water in your rabbit’s hutch. This acts as a natural air-conditioner.
  • For cat owners: Place your cat in a sink or bathtub with a few ice cubes to play with. This way your cat can have fun and stay cool at the same time.
  • For dog owners: Fill a wading pool with shallow water and let your dogs play around in it. Make sure to supervise your dogs while they play.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car. If you live in Altadena, Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena and see an animal left in a car in hot weather, you can report it to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Call 626.792.7151 and ask to speak with Field Services.
  • Pets exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (e.g., excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobile) should be taken immediately to a veterinarian for assessment.