Episode 12: When You Can’t Take the Heat (And Greyhounds Can’t): Summer Safety

With barely any fat and no under coat, the dangers of summer time heat and humidity are amplified for greyhounds.

Greyhounds really can’t take the heat and humidity.  The rule of thumb: if the temperature outside is over 80°F/27°C, it’s a bit too warm for greyhounds.  Sure, many of our retired racing greyhounds come from Florida, one of the hottest and most humid states in the USA. However, they’re outside for very short periods of time, either to run a race or for turn outs (“potty breaks”).  Most of the time, they’re in air conditioned kennels.

In this episode, you’ll discover actions you can take to help  keep your greyhound safe during the sweltering summer months (and the sweltering months of Spring and Fall, depending where you live, too).



  • Download the Greyhound Friends of New Jersey free app from Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Donate to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey to help us bring more dogs home.
  • Subscribe to BarkBox for 1, 6, or 12 months through our special link and BarkBox will donate $25 to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey.
  • Visit the About Greyhounds podcast website.

An important note: Jacqueline Howard and Albert Cavallo are not medical professionals and have not and are not providing medical advice specific to your dog. The content provided in this episode of About Greyhounds is intended as informational only. Seek the guidance of a trained and experienced veterinarian if your dog becomes ill or injured and before administering any drugs/medications, including over the counter drugs/medications.

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