The Helpful 7-Second Rule for Fido During Montana Summers

As temperatures become more consistently hot as summer hits full stride across Montana, exposure to that heat can lead to dangerous conditions.  But not just for humans.  Our pets are also at risk.


Keeping ourselves and our pets cool, hydrated and safe from heat should be the goal when those temps start to rise.  But even just walking them outside can lead to problems.

Simple Tips for a Health Pet Summer in the Montana Heat

Helping your pet stay cool during heatwaves isn't a hugely intensive project.  In most instances, common sense will prevail in helping Fido be comfy no matter how hot it is outside.

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Tips offered by the Humane Society of the United States include:

  • Never leave your pets in a parked car
  • Watch for high humidity mixed with heat
  • Limit exercise on hot days
  • Don't rely on a fan
  • Provide ample shade and water
  • Be prepared for power outages

What is the 7-Second Rule for Pets and Humans?

More than likely, you will be out and about with your pet at some point in the heat.  If you are walking your dog on the pavement or the concrete of sidewalks, you could be burning their paws unknowingly.  Follow the 7-second rule when outside with Fido.

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If you can't hold your hand on the pavement or concrete for more than 7 seconds, they your pets can't either and you could be doing them harm.  Asphalt and concrete can typically run 20-35 degrees hotter than the actual air temperature.


To find out more about pet care during hot weather, check the Humane Society website here for information.

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