55 Simple Summer Tips For Pets

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Overheating & cooling tips

Provide cool water at all times
  1. Your pet can overheat in temperatures as low as 16°C. Especially older pets, overweight pets, medical issues, or a short-nosed breed

2. Signs your pet is overheating include: fast breathing or panting, excessive drooling, bright red or blue gums, vomiting and diarrhoea, in serious cases they may collapse or begin convulsing

3. Dampen your pet’s coat with water and let it naturally dry in the breeze

4. Pop your pet’s paws in cool water

5. Ensure fresh, cool water is always available

6. Offer plenty of shaded areas in your garden

7. Pop a fan up for breeze in the home

8. Let them paddle or lay in rivers and streams (be wary of blue-green algae) or a shaded paddling pool at home

9. Limit playtime to short sessions

10. Play with your garden hose, do this sparingly, learn about water intoxication here

12. Prevent drinking excessively after exercise

13. When at the beach, limit how much your dog plays in the water, if you play for too long, your dog will inhale water while swimming leading to excess fluid building up in the lungs, making breathing hard, learn about secondary drowning

Exercise & walking hazards

Check the pavement temperature with the palm of your hand – paws burn easily

14. If you are unable to leave the palm of your hand on the path for 15 seconds, it’s too hot

15. Walk before the hours of 8am and after 8pm

16. Walk and play when the temperature is below 20 degrees

Below is our full guide on how to safely exercise your dog in summer and what temperatures are safe to do so.

Avoiding ticks

Ticks hide in long grass

17. Symptoms of Lyme disease include – fatigue, liver problems, heart arrhythmia and eye infections.

18. Always check for ticks after every walk, if you don’t miss a tick for 16.5 hours, the chances of your pet picking up a disease from ticks is significantly reduced.

19. When inspecting for ticks, make a point to look inside your pet’s mouth, around their eyes, under their collar, between their toes, in the groin area and under their belly.

20. Ticks are commonly found in bushes/hedges, piles of leaves or grass, woodland, fallen branches

21. Ensure you have a tick key handy to remove tickspancreatitis in dogs

What about nature?


top summer hazards for dogs – thunderstorms

22. Pets feel the changes in the atmosphere when storms are on the way, if they become distressed it may be that a storm is coming

23. Use an anti-static, snug-fitting body wrap to help with thunderstorm anxiety

24. Desensitise your pet to thunderstorms throughout the year by playing storm sounds

25. Use a calming treatment like Calm & Balmy

26. Ensure your pet has a cosy, safe hideaway to retreat to.

Blue green algae

27. Blue-green algae is the term used to describe a group of bacteria. They are not actually algae but look like it when they clump together. They are fatally toxic to dogs and cats.

28. Blue-green algae is often found in stagnant, non-flowing water sources such as ponds, lakes and even birdbaths

29. Research your destination before venturing out. Notices will be given if Blue-green algae is present

30. Avoid stagnant, non-flowing water sources in summer

31. Rinse your dogs with clean water

32. Symptoms include an upset stomach and vomiting

Summer plants

33. Some plants to avoid include – chives, cyclamen, sago palm, rhododendron

34. Plants that might make a good sensory garden for dogs include – Chamomile, basil, cleavers and couch grass

Grass seeds

35. Check your pet for grass seeds after your walk especially their ears, feet and between their toes

36. Signs to look for are – excessive head shaking (if it’s stuck in their ear), excessive licking of a certain area and swelling

Check dogs feet, toes, and ears for grass seeds after walks

Travelling & holidays

Dogs in cars – Playing appropriate music in the car helps dogs chill out

37. When choosing your destination, consider – Where is the local vet? Is the garden fenced? Are there any restrictions on where your pet can go? Are there any locations where blue-green algae is an issue?

38. Always leave a family member with your dog when you take service breaks.

39. Keep air conditioning on when traveling and check the temp of your pets crate area is below 18 degrees

40. Shade out the back windows from the sun

41. Key items to take with you on holiday include a camera, their usual bed and a travel bowl

42. Dogs love their familiar bedding and toys

43. Let your dog check out their new environment in their own time

44. Check boundary fences at your holiday home

45. Give them a big juicy bone to chew in the garden on arrival

46. You can continue to feed raw dog food or raw cat food on holiday by changing your delivery address or taking a plug-in cool bag

Summer Celebrations

Those begging eye – keep dogs safe at BBQ

Safety around the BBQ

47. Cooked bones cause injury when eaten. They splinter and become almost like daggers in the pet’s throat

48. Fatty sausages can cause problems for pets with pancreatic issues or can even create pancreatic issues, learn more about pancreatitis in dogs

49. Bbq firelighters when ingested are very toxic and caustic

50. Firepits need to be in a safe place and attended so your pet cannot get access

51. Keep alcohol well out of reach

52. Give your pet their own special treat to keep them occupied

53. if your pet is particularly anxious around lots of guests, ensure they have a safe space to retreat to, free from the excitement

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