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Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy All Summer Long

Savanna has three furbabies and enjoys sharing helpful tips along with her experiences as a dog mom.


It’s summertime! Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors and take a trip to the lake? First, let’s talk about keeping your pet safe and happy this summer.


Keep your pet hydrated by having plenty of fresh, clean water available. Outdoor water bowls can get hot, so make sure to keep fresh cool water ready for your pet. Try a handy water bottle pet bowl combo if you are out on a walk.

Know the signs: Dehydration

  • Low energy and lethargy
  • Increased panting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sunken dry eyes
  • Dry sticky gums
  • Thick salvia

Checking your dog's skin elasticity between the shoulders is an indicator of dehydration.

Also, check your dog's gums: if they are dry and sticky it means your pet is likely dehydrated, you can also press lightly on the gums if hydrated it will appear white for a second, for dehydration, it will stay white longer.


Water Break

Dogs' bodies are made of up to 70% water. That's why water is so important.

Cool Treats

Cool treats can help to keep your pet full and happy.

Here are some ideas to try:

Pupsicles are usually made with fruit and vegetable, peanut butter, and yogurt, and are frozen.

Frozen chicken bites are made of peanut butter and chicken broth.

Frozen watermelon treats, all you’ll need us watermelon and coconut mike. Use a fun-shaped ice tray to create cute treats.


Walking your dog is a great way to get some exercise for you and them. It's best to walk your dog on a leash.

Don't take your pet on long walks on hot days. Try walking earlier in the morning or late in the evening.

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Be mindful of pavement it can get hot and harm your pet's paws. Try walking on the grass or dirt.


Did you know

Walking your pets in temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit is considered safe.

If the temperature is over 77 degrees there is a higher risk of your pet having a heatstroke.

Know the Signs: Heatstroke

  • Heavy panting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Bright red tongue, gums
  • Excessive thirst
  • Thick or sticky saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness, dizziness, or staggering
  • Lethargy

If your dog's gums are grey it could mean they are going into shock.

Get your dog out of the heat and to a vet immediately if you notice any of these signs.

Try a Cooling Vest

There are many options out there, from vests to neck wraps, and cooling collars. These products are designed to help keep your pet cool when out on a walk. Just soak these in water to have a cooling effect on your dog's neck.

Sun Burn

Just like us, pets can get sunburn. Ouch! Give them sunblock if they have thin fur or sensitive skin. Make sure it's pet-friendly sunscreen!


Check on your pet

If you are out in about on a short walk or plan on being outside much longer during the summer. Rember to check on your pets.

If your pet is kept outdoors, check that their water isn't hot and keep fresh water daily.

If you notice signs that your dog is getting too hot, it's time for a break. Move into the shade and give them some water. If the symptoms have progressed remember the signs of dehydration and heatstroke.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Savanna H

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