Heat Advisory! Keeping Pets Safe as Temperatures Soar

Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat index values between 95 and 100 degrees in Hampton Roads this week. Keep your dogs safe by keeping them indoors.

Remember it is illegal to tether a dog outside unattended in Virginia when temperatures are above 85 degrees.

Dogs must be kept indoors or in a securely fenced-in area with access to adequate food, water, and shelter.

Lookout for dogs who are in need of assistance, including those who may be experiencing heatstroke symptoms, and do the following to keep your pups safe:

  • Touch the pavement before walks to ensure that it won’t burn dogs’ foot pads.

  • Be alert to a long, curled-up tongue and heavy panting, as dogs can’t sweat as humans can and heat builds up inside their bodies.

  • Walk only in the shade or on earth or grass, and never leave animals outdoors in extreme heat or inside vehicles.

  • Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open.

  • Water safety is important for your furry friends. Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—they aren’t all good swimmers

Get more pet safety tips here.