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Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

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Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

“It’s summertime and the living is easy,” or so goes the Sam Cooke song. Summertime means fun, sun, and lots of play outdoors if you’re a dog — or a dog owner, for that matter. But as much fun as summer can be for you and your dog, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the warmest of all seasons safe and carefree for all concerned.

Slip, slop, slap

As the Australian mantra is known to all Down Under, it means slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. This technique can be applied to your dog as well, especially if he’s of a short-haired variety. Dress your dog in a shirt, put pet-safe sunscreen on his ears and nose, and if you can’t get him to put on a hat, keep him in the shade often — this will help prevent cases of sunburn or even heatstroke in your pup.


Not a fun summer activity for anyone, especially your dog. Nip this potential summer dampener in the butt and give Rover access to shade and lots of water. A pair of cool shades wouldn’t hurt either. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, and fever.

Grassy Knolls

Dogs love to run and play on grassy areas. But make sure you keep your pup in the designated “doggy areas,” because fertilizers may be used in non-dog areas, which are harmful to your pooch. A safe bet is taking Fido to your favorite dog park (check out the PetMD Finder for parks in your area). Remember, not all grass is created equal.

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5:18AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

A shirt for your dog? Seriously?

7:53AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

4:06AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks Nicolas for the tips.

2:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

thank u!

12:44PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I swear,if I have to go into a store and tell someone about a dog locked in a car one more time...

If you wouldn't want to sit in a hot,closed up car,neither would your dog!!

8:32AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for this article.

8:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thank You

7:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

In the summer, I always take a bottle of "dog water" with me on hikes and longer walks in the park with Zoey. She's so active that it doesn't take much to make her thirsty.

6:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

If you can't take them in the store then leave them home where they will be safe!

6:56PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Great article & I emphasize - DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE YOU DOG IN THE CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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