Keep your pet happy and healthy all summer long


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Now that summer is almost officially here (June 21, 2017), many families are anxiously waiting to go on summer vacation as well as do things typically enjoyed during the summer months such as trips to the beach, lazy summer days hanging out by the pool and backyard barbecues with family and friends.

Summer time can also be a fun time for your dog. At the same time the hot summer months can also be very dangerous for your four legged friend.

Here are some great tips to keep in mind all summer long when it comes to your beloved pet.

NEVER, EVER leave your pet in a car. I cannot stress that enough.


It can take minutes – literally minutes – for your dog to develop heat stroke and/or suffocate in a car. Do you really want your best friend to SUFFER like that? If you love your pet then you will leave your pet at home.

To give you a gruesome example, on a 78 degree day the interior of your car, parked in the shade, can quickly escalate to 90 degrees. If your car is not parked in the shade the temperature in your car can reach a deadly 168 degrees within minutes. Would YOU want to sit in a hot car that feels like it’s 168 degrees? I don’t think so. Why would you put your dog through that?

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Keep your pet hydrated

There is nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold glass of refreshing water. Most people are aware that they need to keep themselves properly hydrated at all times, most especially in the hot summer months. The same holds true for your pets.

Dogs and cats (and other animals) should have access to fresh water at all times, this is even more critical in the summer months when dehydration can happen rapidly due to the hotter temperatures.

Be sure to pack water and a collapsible water bowl when out on the trails, and have fresh water available whether at the beach or playing in the yard.

When my family and I were going to be away from home for a while I would freeze large chunk of ice and place them in a clean bowl with fresh water. The ice helps to keep the water cold and the melting ice keeps the water supply from being depleted. Our cats especially love it when only small chunk of ice are left in the bowl. They like to hit the ice chunk/chunks around with their paws and make a game out of it.

Hot Weather Safety

Did you know that dogs can get sunburned just like people can. White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs are particularly prone to sunburn, so be sure to regularly apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets.

Find a shady spot to place a cool mat for your dog whether in your yard, at the beach, or during trail breaks.

In addition you should keep in mind that outside surfaces can heat up quickly in the summer sun and can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning or evening, or in shaded areas or test surfaces before venturing outside by pressing your hand to the surface for 30 seconds. If it is painful for you, it will also be painful for your dog. Personally, we’d try and keep our dog in the grass as much as possible. We live in a condo complex with only a huge parking lot to walk around. Instead of putting our dog as risk we’d walk him around the condo buildings in the grass.

I love the tip about placing your hand on the concrete to check for hotness. I would have never thought to do that. Great idea!

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Road Trips

When you are taking a road trip with your family and furry friend, make sure to plan out what you are going to feed your pet BEFORE you leave home.

Make sure you have ample food and treats if you are travelling for only a few days. Petcurean’s SPIKE treats are a great on-the-go treat for your dog. You don’t want to cause any digestion issues.

If you’re planning to be traveling for days, weeks or months, you may need to purchase dog food while you are away – many pet food brands offer store locators on their website so that you can plan where to get your dog’s next meal.

Pet Sitters

Sometimes it’s not feasible to bring our pet on vacation with us. If you are lucky you can have a friend, family member or neighbor come in and take care of your pet in your absence. If that is not possible a kennel or professional pet sitter are viable options. Personally I prefer a pet sitter over a kennel. I think it’s better for your pet to be in their own home environment with their own things (bowls, bedding, toys…) then going to a kennel.

Pet sitter are also great for when you have other pets like fish, reptiles and birds.

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Here are two great articles worth reading in regards to choosing and hiring a pet sitter.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Pet Sitter

A Guide to Hiring a Pet Sitter

Pet Friendly Vacation

I have noticed that more and more hotels are becoming “pet friendly.” I think that is wonderful. That means that more pets can join their family on a fun vacation.

When choosing a hotel, campground or RV location be sure to find out their rules for pets. Some have limits to the pets size/weight. Other places might have limits on the number of pets you can have.

Here is a useful article to help you plan your next vacation with your pet – Summer Vacations Can Include the Family Pet.

Do YOU have any great tips when it comes to your pet/pets and the “dog days” of summer (no pun intended… OK… maybe a little. LOL!)? Feel free to tell me about them in the comment section of this post.

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*I have partnered with Petcurean to bring you these great tips. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced in any way. 

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.