Important summer health tips for your dog

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Here are some basic health and safety tips for you and your dogs to observe during the hot summer ahead.

by guest blogger, Laurel Tied

Summer is almost here, and with it, a never-ending list of concerns for pet owners everywhere. While summer has its share of fun and excitement, it’s also a time that can pose a threat to your beloved canine. As a dog owner, you need to be a little more careful during the hot months and tend to your canine’s needs.

In this article, we’ll run through some basic health and safety tips for you and your dogs to observe during the hot summer ahead.

1. Take dehydration seriously.

As we all well know, dehydration during the hot months is a grave and real issue for both humans and pets alike. We’re told to make sure we drink plenty of water during the summer heat to stave off dehydration. And our pets shouldn’t be any different.

So during the hot summer ahead, make sure you give your dog plenty of water when indoors, and always carry a dog water supply when out for a walk or hike. In general, dogs tend to consume and need more water than humans do when they get hot, so never leave your dog without a good water supply, and watch out for common signs of dehydration, such as excessive drooling.

2. Keep them safe from fleas.

Of course, fleas are these tiny creatures you can’t actually guard against. But it might be a good idea to be on the lookout for common sources for fleas. For example, opossums can spread fleas, so it’s important to invest in opossum pest control.

Oh, and speaking of unwanted wildlife, summer is an ideal time for these furry intruders to flock to your property and endanger your pet. So as you prepare for summer, we recommend running a thorough check of your property, ideally done by a professional wildlife removal company. You can learn more about professional pest control at

3. Don’t shave your dog completely.

It’s tempting to shave off your dog’s fur during the summer because for one seemingly obvious reason. The less hair you have, the less you sweat, and of course, you want your dog to be as comfortable as possible. Now, that’s true, to a certain extent. This is why it’s a good idea to trim your dog’s coat during the hot months.

But never shave the fur off completely! This leaves the dog vulnerable to sunburns and irritation!

4. Beware of dead animals.

Dead animals can appear on your property for a variety of reasons. They may die of dehydration or after an altercation with another animal. They may die of old age. Whatever the reason, you’ll want to remove dead animals from your property as swiftly as possible, to protect your pets.


Dogs are curious by nature.

So, if they catch the scent of the dead animal, they’ll likely go and investigate. This puts them in danger of contracting serious diseases from the animal, which may have fatal consequences. So, either remove the dead animal yourself (wearing protective gear, of course) or call in a professional.

5. Stick to the grassy areas.

In case you didn’t know this, dogs tend to heat up from the paws up. This is why it’s generally considered a bad idea to take your dog out for walks on hot cement or asphalt during the summer. Your dog risks overheating.

So when you’re taking your dog out for a walk, try to stick to the grassy and earthy areas, which are naturally cooler, even in the summer heat. If taking your dog for a walk in an asphalted area, try to avoid midday hours, as those are the hottest. Take walks in such areas in the early morning or the evening for cooler temperatures.

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