No Products in the Cart
Basking in the warmth of the sun, lounging by the pool, sporting your favorite sunglasses - these are just some of the best parts of summer, which are made possible by the sunshine and nice weather. But the warm temperatures can pose a risk to our canine companions. What temperature is too hot for my dog? Find out here.
First things first, it's important to note that all dogs are unique and that means each one's tolerance for the heat can vary. However, there are some guidelines from Tufts Animal Care And Condition for what temperatures are too hot for your dog, based on his or her size.
In general, there is no risk at 60 degrees Fahrenheit for dogs of all sizes, while 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit is potentially life threatening. For medium and small breeds, there is no risk up to 65 degrees and unlikely risk at 70 degrees. But 75 to 80 degrees can be unsafe, 85 begins to be dangerous and beyond 90 is potentially life threatening.
For large breeds, risk is unlikely at 65 degrees, but potential risks begin at 70, so you'll want to start being careful there. As temperatures climb, 80 degrees poses real dangers, while 85 degrees and up is potentially life-threatening. At these temperatures, prolonged outdoor activity should be avoided.
Pet Plan Insurance created an infographic to display this information in an easy-to-read way:
As previously mentioned, these are general guidelines. So they may be affected by certain factors, including:
You can enjoy summer with your canine companion, you'll just want to be safe about it. Here are some warning signs that your dog is too hot and it's time to go back inside:
And if you want to avoid being outside as much as possible (for you and your dog's safety), no one will blame you. There are plenty of ways to entertain your dog inside so he or she can still have fun out of the sun.