Don’t ever leave your dog unattended in your vehicle, not just for a minute, not ever! On an 80 degree day for 10 minutes only, your interior car temperature will reach 100 degrees!
Do cool down your car before taking your dog anywhere and leave your best friend at home if they cannot come inside with your. For a list of K9CC’s best dog friendly venues, see our partner page.
Don’t make your dog walk across pavement in hot temps. Once the air temperature reaches 77 degrees, the pavement is 125 degrees – and at 86 degrees the pavement is 135 degrees! All too hot for Spot!
Do place the back of your hand on the surface and hold for a minimum of 5 seconds. it it’s hot to you, it can burn paw pads, You can also get great booties to save your dogs paws from the heat. We like Thera Paws!
BONUS – Pro-Tip
For unavoidable long-distance travel alone with your dog when the temps are hot – when you have to stop for bio-break, stop at a pet friendly hotel chain and use their lobby facilities! You can pull right up into a shady car port at most places while you and your dog run in.