Summer Health and Safety Tips for Your Pet

Our pets want to run around and enjoy the warm weather as much as we do — long walks, water play, naps outdoors. And while it’s easier to take our pets places during the summer months when we’re not as held home-bound by snow and ice, we have to keep in mind that our animal BFFs need special attention during this season, too.

Tips to keep your pet safe and healthy during the summer.

We have a whole section of our website dedicated to pet DIY projects, but over here, we’re talking about safety, and more specifically, summer safety tips for your pets.

  • Provide plenty of water. You can’t have too many available bowls of water in your house during the summer. I top off my dog’s bowl 3 times per day. If you leave your pet at home for a long work day, you might want to consider investing in a refillable dog bowl like this, which holds up to a gallon of water. 
  • Don’t leave your pet in the car, ever. Leave him at home if you’re running to the store, and make sure he gets plenty of time to stretch his legs and cool off when you make rest stops during long car trips.
  • Protect against fleas and ticks. Deer ticks are experiencing a big upswing in parts of the country (most notably, my backyard!). It’s a little scary when you find a tick on your pet, so we keep ours safe with K9 Advantix II, which guards not only against fleas and ticks, but also those pesky mosquitoes, lice, and biting flies.
  • Make frequent brushing a habit. My Bernese Mountain Dog is a heavy shedder, and having his belly groomed and his back and shoulders brushed free of his winter coat really helps to keep him cool.
  • Designate a shady spot in your yard for your pet. It doesn’t need to be a dog house (those will actually heat up like a little greenhouse!) but a comfortable spot — with water — in the grass or on your porch.
  • Make your dog cool treats. (Like DIY frozen snacks!)
  • If your dog is a water-lover, invest in a doggie life jacket, because anything could happen when he’s jumping off that dock or chasing tennis balls through the waves.
  • For long road trips, know how to travel safe with your pet. Make a DIY dog hammock for the backseat of your car to keep him comfortable.
  • Train your pet to stay in your yard. In a new house this year? If he can’t be trusted, consider installing a fence, or an underground electric fence. It’ll be way easier to install either this time of year than in the middle of winter.
  • Buy dog-formulated sunscreen to help keep them protected. Short-haired dogs are more susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer.
  • Practice fire safety. Keep your pet on a short leash when around a grill or a campfire.

For more tips on keeping your pet safe, happy, and entertained this summer, check out the pet section of And see below for some great toy ideas for your dog or cat.

Brought to you by K9 Advantix® II — broad-spectrum protection against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes too. K9 Advantix® II is for use on dogs only.

19 Responses

  1. Wirebreaklocator says:

    A pet containment is a good addition to make things right for all.

  2. ioscare says:

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  3. ioscare says:

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  4. AshReed says:

    Aww, just came across this now. A bit too late but hopefully will use these next summer! It's going to be a real struggle this winter though.

  5. Either get a trusted and reliable person to sit with the cat while you go out trick or treating, or have the spouse stay home with the cat. Do not let the cat outside for any reason (You probably wouldn't anyway).
    That's good that you are concerned for your pet. There is no reason why you should not be concerned with your animals as well as the kids. Don't listen to anybody who tells you to worry about your kids and only the kids. Those people who tell you that are specie-ists.
    I'm very upset to hear that other cats are harmed on Halloween. Throw those people in the slammer and throw away the key.
    I hope kitty is ok this year.

  6. Talk to your veterinarian about boarding both animals overnight. You may have to board them for the entire weekend as Halloween is on a Caturday this year, but it's worth the money to make sure both of your furbabies are well cared for and safe.

    I really don't like boarding my animals and feel terrible when I do it, but when it comes to their safety, my kittehs will have to just deal with the discomfort and a bit of distress. I figure having to constantly scrub things due to them peeing all over the place for the next few days to show their displeasure is a small price to pay.

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks for the write up. Just experienced flea problems myself with all 3 dogs. I basically did all 7 steps in this article how to get rid of dog fleas. I will tell you that this is no easy battle. They will fight and multiple like crazy. Both this article and the one I linked too suggest k9 Advantix and let me tell you… that stuff works. That's what I am using now and it works great. My dogs have been flea free for more than a year now. Thanks for the dog article.

  8. Ben says:

    Awesome tips, my dog gets very hot in the summer so I've gotta make an effort to keep him cool :)

  9. My Bernese Mountain Dog is a heavy shedder, and having his belly groomed and his back and shoulders brushed free of his winter coat really helps to keep him cool. – See more at:

  10. alexandera patroon says:

    Great Tips and very useful our pet health. Thanks for sharing

  11. waggybaggy says:

    At the point when the sun is cooking,surfaces like asphalt or metal can get truly hot!Try to keep your pet off of hot asphalt would it be able to blaze paws,as well as expansion body temperature and lead to overheating.Additionally,it's not a smart thought to drive around with your dog in the bed of a truck –the hot metal can smolder paws rapidly (and they can drop out or be injured or killed in an accident).

    -Liza Cook.

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  14. Addie Ross says:

    My dog always looks so miserable in the summer time! With such a thick coat, he always looks so hot. I brush him every morning, but it doesn't seem to do much. I like what you said about making him some frozen treats, I bet he would love that!

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  17. sandhosh says:

    Looking so impressive health tips for pets and dogs. I'm going to implement this to my pets.

  18. Minnow + Co says:

    I know I'm not a good candidate for a long-haired dog who requires brushing (I forget to brush my own hair), but ohmygosh, that DOG! Emily, your dog is, hands down, the most awesomely adorable thing ever.


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