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Keeping your pet cool during summer months

Make this summer safe for both you and your pet.

Protect your pet from the heat this summerSummer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet. By taking precautions, you can decrease the chance that disaster will happen. PawZoom offers these tips for pet owners to keep their furry friends safe this summer.


First and foremost, make certain that your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. Micro-chipping your pet is also an excellent idea - as it offers an even greater chance of locating and finding your pet if she is lost.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car.

Watch Out For Fertilizers and Deadly Plants

Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns and work in their gardens. But beware! Plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.

Exercise your pets during the coolest parts of the day

Early in the morning and late in the evening using short intervals. Only exercise during the heat of the day if absolutely necessary making sure your pet does not overexert herself.

Protection from the Sun

Make sure your pet doesn't stay in the sun too longMost people don't think about their pets getting sunburned but they certainly can. White and lightly colored pets can suffer sunburn just as we can if they experience too much exposure to the sun. Long-term sun exposure can lead to skin damage and in some cases skin cancers. Limit the amount of time your fair-haired pets stay in direct sunlight. Even basking in a sunny window counts as time in the sun. If any type of discoloration or sore appears, consult your veterinarian for a check-up. Areas that are commonly affected are the ears, eyelids and nose.


Make sure that your pet has a constant supply of fresh drinking water. You should try to have several bowls scattered around the house.

Make sure to protect your dogs while in the car

Driving with your pet

When you are driving, make sure to keep your pets properly restrained and inside the vehicle. Special seat belts and secured carriers can protect pets during accidents and prevent them from distracting the driver. The back of a pick-up truck is never a safe place for a pet to ride.


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View petsfirst' profile

petsfirst Good information for those who are having pet in their home. Thanks for posting this article Pets First Animal Hospital can advise this to our customers.

Posted 868 days ago...

View zjeffers' profile

zjeffers I completely agree... Some people get the dog-booties... but it's still very hot and a good idea to only walk in the morning and evening.

Posted 3043 days ago...

View Betse04' profile

Betse04 Remember, the blacktop is HOT. I have seen a couple of people standing in parking lots with their dogs on a short leash. You can fry an egg on that blacktop, how do you think it makes your dogs' feet feel.

Posted 3045 days ago...

View zjeffers' profile

zjeffers I don't know if I'd go as far as to say not to take your dog in the car/truck, but if you would be forced to keep them there, then avoid it. :)

Posted 3050 days ago...

View Annette1113' profile

Annette1113 I can think of 3 rules here in our heatwave, if you have to have your pet outside, make sure plenty of water, provide some shade and never take a pet in the car or on the back of a Pickup Truck, drivers don't realize that black trucks pick up terrible hea

Posted 3051 days ago...

View Annette1113' profile

Annette1113 Thank you so much for letting everyone know these simple rules for summer. We are having 100 and better heat wave here in Texas Zjeffers.

Posted 3051 days ago...

View independentminded' profile

independentminded Thanks, zjeffers.

Posted 3051 days ago...

View zjeffers' profile

zjeffers Good point independentminded... ANY animal that is placed in areas of direct sun light or in an environment that creates a green house effect should be monitored and relieved every so often. You wouldn't like it much if you were stuck in a caged sauna all

Posted 3051 days ago...

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independentminded Speaking as the owner of a 6-month old Congo African Grey Parrot, I will add that birds in captivity, too, can get overheated. Whereas exotic birds in the wild are able to find a cool, shady place to ride out any heatwaves, a bird in captivity needs its

Posted 3053 days ago...

View zjeffers' profile

zjeffers There have been a couple of stories lately of people leaving their pets in the car during the heat... *sigh* so sad...

Posted 3071 days ago...