Serious summer sizzle is here—and animals often struggle to keep cool when temps rise because they can’t process the heat and humidity as effectively as we do.

It should go without saying, but never leave your pet in the car on warm or sunny summer days. On an 85-degree day, the interior of your car can reach 100 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. Research shows that cracking a window does little to help.

Sunny days also make for hot asphalt that can scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch. And avoid the urge to shave down thick-coated pets; fur is actually an important part of his or her natural cooling system.

Animals can overheat quickly. Signs include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling, which can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call us right away at (714) 602-4713.