Submitted By Houston SPCA

Many Houstonians brace themselves each summer as the July heat shows up in Houston. We try to avoid the hot cement pavements, blinding waves of heat reflecting off black-top parking lots and seek refuge to any place that has air condition once we’ve bravely stepped out of the house.  It’s also a time to keep close watch on our beloved pets, and even check on your neighbors too.  Pets eft outside accidentally lduring the hottest part of the day or left inside a hot car, even a few minutes, can have terrible consequences.  

The Houston SPCA has some friendly reminders for all pet owners: 

  • Bring your pets inside during extreme temperatures. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.
  • Know where your pets are during the heat of the day. If they are outside and confined, remember the sun shifts during the day leaving them in the direct sunlight. 
  • Check on them often. Water can evaporate when it’s hot outside, and pets can tip over water bowls, leaving them without proper hydration.  
  • If you see an animal in distress, please call the Houston SPCA immediately. 

Dr. Roberta Westbrook, Chief Veterinarian and Animal Medical Officer at the Houston SPCA shares several warning signs to look for when your pet is overheating: 


  • Excessive panting 
  • Drooling and Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Uncoordinated movements, lethargy

Dr. Westbrook recommends removing the pet out of the heat first before offering cool, not cold water, and covering them in a damp towel and contacting your veterinarian immediately.  

 “Leaving your pet outside in extreme temperatures can have devastating consequences and we see that too often in heat-related cases,” said Westbrook.  “If you plan on leaving your home, bring your pet inside to ensure their safety or arrange to have them checked on often to ensure they have adequate food, water and shade to help regulate their body temperature,” Westbrook added.  

To report animal cruelty or an animal in distress, please call 713-869-SPCA (7722).