Pet Safety Tips for Summer

Summer is upon us, and we are already feeling its effects! Here are some tips to keep your pet safe throughout the summer:

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Do not over-exercise your pet: keep daily walks short and sweet! Summer is not the time for long hikes through the trails. Allow your pet to do their business, get their sniffs out, and then head back in the AC. Also, take your walks early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler!

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Stay hydrated: ensure your pet has access to fresh, cool water at ALL times. Take water on walks, in the car, in the backyard, EVERYWHERE. This goes for us humans too!


Never leave your pet in a car that is not running: this goes for all year round, but especially in the summer. This time of year, a car can heat up to dangerously high temperatures within minutes. Either leave your pet at home or bring them in with you!

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Check the pavement: during the warmer months, the pavement can heat up very quickly. A good rule of thumb is if the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefoot on, then it is too hot for your pet!

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Provide plenty of shade: when spending time outside, be sure your pet always has access to a shaded area, whether that be a tree, awning, or any other type of shade. Too much direct sunlight can damage our pets’ skin!


Keep your pet indoors: While it is important to spend time outdoors, our animals must be kept indoors for most of the day. Temperatures are rising, and dogs and cats are especially susceptible to heat stroke.

Signs of a heatstroke:

  • Heavy panting and difficulty breathing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal gum color (bright red)

If you believe your pet is suffering from heatstroke, call your veterinarian immediately.

Remember to have fun, but most importantly, be SAFE this summer!

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