• Never leave pets in a parked car. Not even for one minute.
  • New York Agriculture and markets statute 353-d prohibits leaving an animal in confined vehicles. It states, "a police officer, peace officer, or peace officer acting as an agent of a duly incorporated humane society may take necessary steps to remove the animal or animals from the vehicle." 
  • Do not shave your pet, James H. Jones, an expert in comparative animal exercise physiology and thermoregulation at University of California at Davis. "Fur actually insulates the body in cold weather and helps prevent the body from taking on too much heat in warm weather. Fur acts as a thermal regulator to slow down the process of heat absorption." 
  • Walk your pets early in the morning or late at night, when temperatures cool down. 
  • Walk pets on dirt or grass instead of hot blacktop or cement, which can burn their paws. 
  • Always provide plenty of fresh clean water. On warm days you will have to refill more. 
  • Keep pets inside in the coolest parts of the home during the most intense heat waves. 
  • Don't leave your pets alone outside for more than a few minutes. 
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The rectal temperature rises to 104 to 110 Fahrenheit. 
  • Avoid exercising with your pets on hot days.