Summertime is fun time for you and your dog to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors. But it also presents situations that can be dangerous for your pet. By educating yourself and taking some precautions you can lessen the chance of injury or illness for your dog this summer:

Watch Out for the Dog Days of Summer

  • NEVER leave your dog in parked cars for any period of time. On a hot, dog days of summer day the temperature can skyrocket to over 120 in a matter of Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does little to alleviate this pressure cooker.
  • Dogs are much less efficient at cooling themselves than people Dogs can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet, which are inadequate for cooling during hot days. Panting and drinking water helps cool them, but if they have only overheated air to breathe, dogs can suffer brain and organ damage after just 15 minutes. Don’t think that because you’ll be gone “just a minute,” your pet will be safe while you’re gone.
  • Lighter colored animals are more prone to sunburn and skin cancer than their darker colored companions. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the sun and have a light-colored coat or lacking the black pigment around the eyes, ears, and nose, can get sunburned.

Dogs should always have access to cool shade and fresh cool water in the summer heat!

 Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Never leave a dog untethered in the back of a pickup truck. Dogs are easily thrown from the back of pickup trucks-many are seriously hurt or If it is not possible to leave the dog at home, the safest way for it to travel is to bring your dog inside the car with you. If this option is not feasible, then secure your dog in a kennel fastened to the center of the back of the pickup truck.

Waterproof Your Dog

  • Many dogs love to swim and any body of water will do-clean or not.  To avoid ear mites, eye infections and insects, rinse your dog after they have been in a pond, creek or river.
  • If your dog loves to jump into the pool, make sure he knows how to get out If a dog falls into a river or lake, its instinct will tell it to turn around and try to get out from the point at which it fell in. This may work well in a lake or a river, but in a swimming pool, the dog may drown if it does this. Therefore, it is important to teach your dog where and how to get out of the pool regardless of where he went in.
  • Swimming is very tiring and fun for dogs. Frequently dogs will continue to swim even when they are extremely tired. Be watchful of when your dog is tiring and call him out of the water for
  • Not all dogs like or know how to swim. If a dog does not know how to swim, but appears eager to give it a try, let him get used to it gradually. Never throw a nervous, inexperienced swimmer in the.

Beware of Diggers and Munchers

  • As you work outside in your yard, be sure to take an extra moment to protect your dog. The most commonly used lawn care products are fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Harmful exposure may occur due to inappropriate storage or failure to read package instructions when using these products.
  • Dogs are especially good at finding poorly stored containers, chewing them up, and drinking or eating the contents. Be sure you are especially vigilant when using insecticides, as these tend to have a higher degree of    toxicity.
  • Many dogs love to eat mulch. While most aren’t toxic, it’s best to not let your dog get in the habit as it could lead to an intestinal blockage. Cocoa mulch is one product known to cause poisoning in This mulch is made from the hulls of cocoa beans and when fresh has a rich chocolate aroma associated with it. Anytime you add new landscaping it is best to keep a close eye on your dog for any unusual reactions.


Summer should be a fun time for everyone. By taking these precautions, you can keep your furry friends safe this summer!