Pet Safety

Always have cool, fresh water available.

  • Pools are fun, but ensure all splash time is supervised.

  • Hanging outside with your pooch? Ensure they have adequate shade. A tree, umbrella, canopy for example.

  • Walk in the early morning or evening hours to protect your pooches paws. (If it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for their paws!)

  • Get your dog a hair cut! Double  coated dogs would benefit from regular brushings.

  • Make your pup a Kongscicle! Fill it with their favorite treats, freeze and allow them to enjoy a cool treat! Yogurt, bananas, canned  pumpkin, canned dog food, lean ground or shredded meat, chopped carrots or apples and mini treats are great options.


A hot car is very dangerous to your pet. While cracked windows and water may mitigate the risk, it does not eliminate the health risk to your pet. The inside of a vehicle can rise very quickly in a very short period. Because your pet cannot sweat effectively, it cannot cope with the heat like a human.

Peterborough Humane Society Animal Control Officers begin responding to these concerns at 15°C in an educational capacity, but in the 20°C – 30°C, animals will be removed from vehicles with no more force as necessary, which still may mean a broken window, a seized pet and potentially a charge.

Below are some alternatives to leaving your pet in a hot car:

  • Use a drive-thru: many restaurants, pharmacies and banks have a drive-through option and can be handy for a quick errand.
  • Shop at a pet-friendly stores: most pet stores are dog friendly, but there are an increasing number of stores that are Fido-friendly.
  • Find a park (and a friend): bring a friend or family member along, so they can hang outside with Fido while you run your errands
  • Leave Fido at home: it’s cool, it’s safe and Fido probably won’t complain about enjoying a quick power nap while you run your errands.


Camping With Your Pup??

  • Call ahead – ensure that your campground of choice allows dogs and find out which areas dogs are allowed.  Most beaches do not allow dogs. Know your dog’s ability with recall if you allow him off leash.

  • Know the risks and parasites of that area – check with your veterinarian.

  • Ensure you put your dog’s uneaten food away – magpies and squirrels will finish a bowl in no time.

  • Surprisingly enough, not all dogs are good swimmers. Keep a close eye on your dog when he/she is around a pool, river or lake.

  • If your dog is crate trained bring his/her house for quiet time.

  • With an increase in temperature, you drink more – and so should your dog! There are handy options for collapsible water bowls and pet water bottles that you can take with you hiking.

  • Ensure that your dog has access to shade.  A shade tent is a good option if camping in an area with few trees.

  • Carry a pet first aid kit. Gauze, Polysporin, and vet wrap or a tensor can come in handy until you can reach your veterinarian.

  • Make sure your pet has identification and is wearing it in case your dog gets lost.  If you are in a campground with site numbers, writing your site number on something to attach to your dog’s collar is a good idea.

  • Have fun! Enjoying time with your dog doing the activities you both enjoy is what it’s all about!


Here are some of our winter pet safety tips!

  1. Never leave your cat or dog alone in a cold car.   Cars hold in the cold, acting like refrigerators, which can cause your pet to freeze to death.
  2. Keep your pets warm.  If it’s too cold for you to say outside, it’s too cold for your pet. Although some breeds can withstand colder temperatures, it is important to supply adequate housing.
  3. Keep animals away from winter puddles.   They may contain ethylene glycol found in antifreeze which can be fatal if ingested.
  4. Keep your pets away from bodies of water.  With melting ice and rising water levels, lakes can be extremely dangerous for you and your pet.
  5. Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside.  Salt and ice melt can irritate and burn, and also be fatal if ingested.
  6. Be aware of cats seeking warmth under vehicle hoods.  Try knocking on the hood of your car to scare them away before starting the engine.
  7. Don’t let your dog off leash especially during a snowstorm.  They can easily lose their scent and get lost.
  8. A warm place to sleep.  Ensure your pet has a thick cozy bed or blanket away from any drafts and off the cold floor.
  9. Dress for the weather.  Use booties and winter sweaters to help keep your pets warm during outdoor excursions.
  10. Prepare an emergency pet survival kit.  You never know when a storm might keep you from being able to leave the house for extended periods.   Having an emergency pet safety kit could save a life.