Cool Pets and Summer-Time Fun!

The dog days of summer can be dangerous for pets—especially those left inside cars. Every year many dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians shop or run quick errands. Even with the car windows left partially rolled down, and in the shade, cars can heat up much quicker than you think. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

Have you ever noticed how hot it can get inside a car on a summer day — far hotter than it is outside? That's because a car acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat. An Animal Protection Institute study shows that even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car.

Here are some other tips to ensure the summer season is safe and enjoyable for you and your companion pet:

  • Banish Fleas & Ticks – Summer time and the living is easy, especially for fleas and ticks! Make sure your pet is treated with topical flea and tick medications appropriate for their size. Check with your veterinarian for more info.
  • Quench your dog’s thirst – As the weather gets warmer it’s especially important to make sure your pet drinks enough water.
  • Keep Fido hydrated – Be sure to always bring fresh water and a bowl with you when you head out to the beach, for a picnic or to go hiking. There are plenty of collapsible pocket size bowls at your nearest pet store.
  • Sunscreen – Yes, your pet can get sunburned and could get skin cancer. The nose and ears are the most sensitive areas. Sunscreen formulated for humans can be toxic for pets, especially because they tend to lick it off, so sunscreen specially formulated for pets is best.
  • Boating – When taking you dog boating, be sure they are wearing a life jacket made special for pets. They are available at pet supply stores and are relatively inexpensive. This tip can literally be life-saving!
  • Watch those paws! Hot pavement can scorch your pet’s paws. Best to walk your dog during the cooler hours of the day, and provide shaded, grassy areas for pets to relax.
  • Grooming – A nice, summer cut can help some pets keep cooler during warm weather. However, not all pets are suitable for shaving. Talk to a professional groomer to select the best summer H‘Doo for your pet.
  • Here are some additional resources with summer tips for pets:

Summer is a time for fun, for you and your pet! Here are a few ideas you can do for and with your pet this season:

  • "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!" (Even dogs!) – a frozen treat can help cool your pooch off on a hot day while providing nourishment and entertainment. Click here for an easy ice cream recipe for your dog.
  • Pool party! – Inflate a kiddie pool and fill it with water. The heat relief and fun associated with running in and out of the pool will supply entertainment and heat relief for your dog. Keep in mind, however, that some dogs don’t swim well. If you have a full size pool in your yard, make sure your dog can get in and out of it safely before leaving them around it unsupervised.
  • Vacationing with your pet – Summer trips can be fun, and sometimes even more so when you bring your beloved pet with you. Plan ahead to make sure you are prepared with places to stay for your pet and supplies to make the trip safe and enjoyable.