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How to Keep Pets Safe in the Summer

Published: June 9, 2021 | Updated: June 8, 2021

The warm weather brings plenty of opportunities to have some fun in the sun for you and your pets. But the heat also brings hazards, such as dehydration and sunburn. As your furry friend’s best friend, it’s your job to protect them from both the cold days of winter and the dog days of summer. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe during the summer:

Help Pets Hydrate

Hydration is key during the summer for both you and your pets. Every day, your pet should drink one ounce of water for every pound they weigh. So if Rover weighs 12 pounds, he should drink 12 ounces of water per day. You can help your pet stay hydrated by making sure they always have access to water. Keep their bowl filled with water and add an inch cube or two if the temperature gets too warm. If you plan to travel with your pet or if you just need to take them for a walk, bring a water bottle and stop every now and then so they can take a drink.

Never Keep Pets  in a Hot Car

The cabin of a car can reach temperatures of up to 116 degrees in the summer. The steering wheel, dashboard, and seats can get as hot as 200 degrees. That’s not just uncomfortable. It can be deadly. In most states, it’s also illegal to leave pets in hot cars. If you take your pet out for a ride in the summer, they get out of the car when you get out of the car. Period.

Slather on the Sunblock

You know that sunblock protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays, but did you know it can protect your pet’s skin as well? Dogs that are white or light-colored, like Dalmatians or West Highland Terriers, are more susceptible to sunburn than others. Areas that are well covered in fur don’t need a thick layer of sunscreen, but you should cover their noses, ears, and paws. Be sure to use a sunblock designed for pets, though. Regular sunblock can contain chemicals like zinc oxide or PABA that are harmful to pets if ingested.

Protect Their Paws

Imagine if you were always walking barefoot on hot pavement? Ouch! Summer pavement and hot beach sand can burn the pads of an animal’s feet. Put shoes or a layer of pet wax on Fido’s paws to prevent those burns. Better yet, take him for a walk in the grass rather than on the hot cement.

Know the Signs of Heat Stress in Pets

Your pet can easily be overwhelmed by the heat. But how will you know when your best friend is feeling heat beat? If your pet starts to act lethargic, pants heavily, has a lack of coordination, and salivates heavily, they might be overheating. Bring your pet inside or into the shade immediately. Give them something cool to drink and bathe or spray them down with some cool water to bring their body temperature down. If your pet starts to exhibit severe symptoms such as a fever, dizziness, a rapid heart rate, or vomiting, bring them to the veterinarian.


If you love animals and understand the importance of keeping them healthy and safe, you might want a career as a veterinary assistant. At Charter College, we offer Veterinary Assistant Training that can prepare you for a career in this field in as few as 10 months. Call us today at 888-200-9942 or fill out the form to learn more.