During your summer fun these next few months, don’t forget about the dog! It’s so fun to take your dog swimming and hiking and playing all summer long, but it’s also important to keep them safe! Summer dangers include:

Heat stroke

Heat stroke occurs when your dog’s body temperature rises dangerously high. This typically occurs when dogs are left in a car or when they exercise in the heat. Never leave your dog in the car in hot weather, and always remember that a cracked window is not enough to cool a car. Your dog always needs access to shade outside. Muzzling interferes with a dog’s ability to cool itself by panting and should be avoided.


Dogs can burn in the sun just like people can, especially white, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs. Sunburn causes pain, itching, peeling, and other problems. To prevent sunburn, apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Be sure to cover the tips of your dog’s ears and nose, the skin around its mouth, and its back.

Burned foot pads

Sidewalks, patios, streets, sand, and other surfaces can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning and at night when outdoor surfaces are coolest. Press your hand onto surfaces for 30 seconds to test them before allowing your dog to walk on them. If it is painful for you, it will be painful for your dog.

We want you to have a fun summer with your dog, so keep these hazards in mind!