Here’s how excessive heat can harm our furry friends

Jul 22, 2023, 6:00 PM | Updated: Jul 25, 2023, 11:14 am

SALT LAKE CITY -- The excessive heat is posing a danger to more than just people.  Pets are also p...

A pet owner is urging people to be cautious when taking their pets by rivers after his dog Oliver, was swept away in Tanner Park. (Travis Mundt)

(Travis Mundt)

SALT LAKE CITY — The excessive heat is posing a danger to more than just people. 

Pets are also put at risk when temperatures are high. Heat stroke, dehydration, paw burns and even sunburns can affect the four-legged friends.

There are several things you can do to keep your pet safe in the sun, as well as signs to watch out for. 

The Humane Society advises we make sure our pets have lots of fresh water and sometimes even ice water. They said that dog-safe sunscreen is best for light-colored dogs, as they are more susceptible to burns and skin cancer.

It’s also important to provide them with shade that doesn’t obstruct airflow and to limit the amount of exercise and sun they get. Short-nosed dogs are more at-risk for breathing issues when it’s hot. They can’t pant as efficiently, making it difficult to cool themselves down.

Experts advise to always check the temperature of sand, pavement or grass. If it is too hot for a bare human foot, it is too hot for paws.

Watch for signs of heat stroke in pets as well. If they start excessively panting, drooling or have a rapid heart rate, offer them lots of ice water and drape cold towels over their body if possible.

Related Reading: 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Weed block is used as a landscaping and xeriscaping project is installed in Layton on Thursday, Jun...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

Landscaping projects picking up pace as weather gets warmer

Jeff Mott, owner of Mott's Landscaping, said people often start big landscaping projects in the summertime. 

3 days ago

A car is filled at a gas pump in Sandy on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Hurricane season could affect ga...

Britt Johnson

Hurricane season could mean bad news for Utah gas prices

Hurricane season is expected to be intense this year, and while none of them should hit Utah rising gas prices probably will. 

3 days ago


Alexandrea Bonilla

Utah storm adding to snowpack that melted over weekend

A storm passing through Utah will increase the snowpack that melted this weekend when the sun came out in force.

6 days ago

Valley Rain and mountain snow...

Adam Small

Utah getting big delivery of valley rain, mountain snow Monday

Utah will see valley rain and mountain snow throughout Monday with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

7 days ago

sunshine on cherry blossoms shown, april temperatures will be a little higher this year...

Clayre Scott

Salt Lake City hit the 80s, ties date’s record high temperature

The last time it was this warm on April 12 in Salt Lake was in 1936.

10 days ago

Warm weather will all for some of the Utah snowpack to begin melting off this weekend....

Adam Small

Utah temperatures warming up, strong snowpack set to start melting

Temperatures in Utah are going to get much warmer over the next few days, allowing for the snowpack we've accumulated to start melting off.

11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Here’s how excessive heat can harm our furry friends