Keeping your dog safe in the summer heat in Florida is essential. For example, the ground is very hot in the heat of the day. If you wouldn’t walk barefoot, it’s probably not comfortable for your dog either. And the high humidity makes panting inefficient for dogs therefore difficult to cool themselves. So even walks can dangerous for some breeds.  South Florida weather is not appropriate for many outdoor activities.  


Here are a few tips to that can protect your dog from the heat:  


  1. When your dog is outside, provide ample shade: Ensure your dog has access to shade at all times, whether it’s natural shade from trees or an umbrella or a sheltered area in your yard.
  2. Hydration is key: Keep your dog hydrated by providing plenty of fresh, cool water. Consider adding ice cubes to the water bowl to help keep it cool.
  3. Limit outdoor activities: During the hottest parts of the day, it’s best to limit your dog’s outdoor activities, especially strenuous exercise. Schedule walks or playtime in the cooler mornings or evenings.
  4. Protect those paws: The pavement can become scorching hot, which can burn your dog’s paws. Walk your dog on grass or use protective booties to shield their paws.
  5. Never leave your dog in a parked car: Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke. Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even for a short time.
  6. Watch for signs of heatstroke: Learn the signs of heatstroke, such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, or collapse. If you suspect heatstroke, seek immediate veterinary care.


Find indoor activities to keep your dog cool during summer months. It’s a perfect time to take your dog to training classes that are held indoors. You can also visit dog-friendly stores like Lowe’s and Pet Supermarket that are air conditioned to walk around. Remember, each dog is unique, and some breeds are more sensitive to heat than others. When outside, monitor your dog closely and consult with a veterinarian for additional advice specific to your dog’s needs.