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Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Shares Tips to Help Keep Your Pets Safe During the Dog Days of Summer!

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (MAY 23, 2022) May 27th is National Heat Awareness Day for Pets, and as the temperature heats up this summer, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a few reminders and tips to help protect your furry friends during the dog days of summer.

It is important to remember that if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pets. Dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, and paw pad burns. The most dangerous condition is heat stroke, which can cause organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions, and even death.

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, but it is also illegal in several states…including Florida. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes, often more than 140 degrees. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet.
  • When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog remain on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement. They do not have shoes like we do, and the hot ground can cause burns on their sensitive paw pads. Keep walks during the sunniest part of the day to a minimum. Plan those longer walks for sunrise or sunset.
  • If your dog is a breed that gets haircuts, shortening your dog's coat for summer can help prevent overheating. However, be careful that your dog isn't shaved too short, as that can allow for sunburn.
  • Restrict exercise when temperatures soar and be sure that you do not use a muzzle as this will restrict a dog's ability to pant. Dogs pant to keep themselves cool, they do not sweat to cool themselves down like humans do.
  • Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather, which can help bring body temperatures down. Just be cautious at the beach, lake, or pool as some dogs will drink large amounts of water and make themselves vomit or cause electrolyte imbalances that become a medical emergency.
  •  If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, fast action might save their life. Remove the dog from the hot area immediately and wet your pet with cool to room temperature water and increase air movement around him/her with a fan. Do not use ice or very cold water – it can be counterproductive since cooling too quickly can trigger other life-threatening conditions.

It is also recommended to allow free access to water, but don’t force the animal to drink as they may inhale it or choke. If you believe your pet is experiencing heat stroke, bring your pet immediately to your veterinarian or an emergency clinic! If you see a dog locked in a parked car, call 911.

Another friendly reminder from Peggy Adams is that as summer approaches, so do thunderstorms and holidays that include fireworks. Be sure to keep your pets in a safe, quiet and secure place inside the house. One in five pets go missing after being scared by loud noises. Also, make sure your pets are microchipped, wear a collar with ID tag and their information is up to date. If they are not microchipped, Peggy Adams’ Wellness Clinic provides this service.

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About Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League saves more lives than any other rescue organization in Palm Beach County. It provides critical services to more than 30,000 animals each year.

The Mission of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement, and education to further the bond between people and animals.  Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity navigator.  Peggy Adams is an independent nonprofit animal rescue organization operating continuously since 1925. For more information and to donate, please visit


Media Contact: Cara MacVane, Email; 561.685.2342

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League Contact: Lauren Ellis, Email; (Office) 561.472.8845




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