Summer Care Tips for Your Pet
Review these tips to keep pets safe and healthy during the spring and summer seasons.
Provide plenty of fresh drinking water at all times.
Keep your pet’s kennel well-ventilated and positioned near a well-shaded area where your pet can avoid midday sun and heat.
Avoid excessive exercise during hot weather. Over-exertion can cause heat stress or stroke. Safe outdoor temperatures for pets vary by breed and size. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation specific to your pet.
Warning: If you suspect heat stress or stroke (e.g., collapse, extremely heavy panting, excessive drooling), wet your pet thoroughly with cool (not cold) water by immersion or spray your pet with a garden hose and call your veterinarian immediately.
Skin and Body
Keep your pet well-groomed. Long hair and hair mats can decrease your pet’s ability to keep cool and contribute to skin disease. So regularly brush your pet and trim hair as needed.
Vaccinate your pet against infectious diseases (e.g., canine parvovirus or feline leukemia). Pets usually have more contact with other animals during warmer months and disease can spread more easily.
Use monthly flea, tick, and heartworm preventives. Pets should take these preventives year round. Remember, it’s often easier and cheaper to prevent parasites than treat them when a pet’s infested or infected. Test your pet for fecal exams for internal parasites at least yearly. To reduce pets’ access to parasites and discourage parasite breeding, keep your yard clean of feces, dump any standing water—even in watering cans or flower pot saucers—clean up leaf litter, and trim bushes and trees.
The poisons that kill common pests, like rodents, snails, and slugs, are lethal to pets, too, if consumed. So limit your pet’s access to places where these poisons are stored in and around your home.
Lawn herbicides can also poison pets, so keep your pet out of the yard while spraying herbicides and off the grass for three days afterward. Washing pets’ paws thoroughly with soap and cool water before coming back inside will help remove herbicidal residue.
The temperature inside a car can easily climb to 120 degrees when a vehicle is parked in the summer sun. Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle.<< Back to Tips