Too hot for us means too hot for our pets

September 24, 2019

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat advisory for San Francisco with high temperatures reaching mid to high 80s and the heat is expected to linger into tomorrow, if not Thursday.  Hot temperatures over the course of several days increase the risk of heat-related illnesses for older adults, children, people who are sick as well as pets. Remember to stay cool, hydrated and frequently check on your neighbors with health concerns. Check for more heat safety information as well as where to go to seek cooler indoor air. 

The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that every year hundreds of pets die from heat. It is very important we keep pets cool when temperatures are high because domestic animals can quickly develop heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke in a pet include a bright red tongue and gums, excessive panting, weakness and collapse. 

Hot pavement can burn paws. 80 degrees outside could mean 109 degrees inside of a car. Keep pets hydrated

As we work together to check on each other to make sure we all beat the heat, follow these tips keep our furry friends safe and cool, too: 

  • Animals can die of heatstroke within 15 minutes. Heatstroke develops when pets are left in cars or when they do not have access to cool water and shade when temperatures are high.
  • Never leave pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • If it feels too hot for you in your home, it is too hot for your pet, too. Walk your pet on leash on a shady trail and bring water for your pet. The following Recreation and Park Department dog parks have the most shade:
    • Golden Gate Park Dog Play Areas 1, 2 and 3
    • McLaren Park Geneva Dog Play Area
    • Crocker Amazon Dog Play Area
    • Buena Vista Dog Play Area
    • Pine Lake Park Dog Play Area
    • Stern Grove Dog Play Area
Animal Heat Stroke Symptoms