8 Must-Read Tips to Take Care of Your Dogs During the Summer!


It’s summer time and the weather is ideal for spending time outdoors.  But, just as you take precautions to protect yourself and family from the sun and heat, you also need to take care of the family pet.

Here are some tips to keep you dog safe in the summer months.

  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car. The inside of a care can heat up to +900 in a very short time, which could prove deadly for your dog.
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water.  Just like you, pets can get dehydrated quickly.
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside.
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day. Try walking early in the morning and in the evening, after the sun has started to retreat.  If the temperature is still too high, consider shorter walks.
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws.
  6. If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. Keep elderly, overweight, and pets with heart of lung disease in cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet.
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.

For more information about pet care in the summer visit American Veterinary Association at www.avma.org