Summer is here and that means it’s going to be hot outside! While us humans look for ways to stay cool and beat the heat ourselves this summer, we shouldn’t forget about our furry canine companions.

Dogs can suffer from a number of heat-related injuries, so it’s important to be mindful of their needs and keep them cool and hydrated when it’s hot outside.

Here are 5 summer safety tips to help keep your dog cool this summer:

1. Make Sure Your Dog Stays Hydrated

Of course, your dog is going to need plenty of fresh water available to stay hydrated this Summer. You may find yourself filling her water bowl more often than usual when it’s hot out.

You can keep your dog hydrated by keeping her water bowl full. Keep a bowl outside if she is going to be spending any time in the yard. When you go for walks or other adventures, bring along a water dish and pack extra water for your dog to drink.

2. Stay Cool in the Shade

Plan to take your walks during the coolest times of the day. Morning and evening walks will be cooler for both of you and will help prevent your dog from suffering heat exhaustion.

If it’s hot outside when you’re walking, try to stay in shady areas as much as you possibly can. This will help keep them cool and protect their paw pads from becoming burned.

3. Protect the Paws

Speaking of paw pads, did you know that a dog can burn them just by simply walking over hot surfaces like concrete? As a rule of thumb, if it’s too hot for you to stand on while barefoot then it’s too hot for your dog as well.

You can protect your dog’s paw pads by walking in the shade, having them wear protective boots, or avoiding hot surfaces all together. Try taking your walks in grassy areas rather than paved areas.

4. Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone in a Hot Car

I know many of us see this warning every day, but dogs continue to become injured or killed by being left alone inside of hot cars while their humans run errands. If you are going to run errands, just leave your dog at home if you cannot bring them inside of the stores. It’s just safer this way.

5. Grooming

Most people start sweating just thinking about how hot their dog must be with all of their fur. Their first instinct may be to get their dog shaved by a groomer. Many experts advise against shaving certain breeds of dogs. A dog’s fur coat is made to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Consult with your dog’s groomer to see what they recommend.

Ann StaubAnn Staub

My name is Ann Staub and I’m a former Veterinary Technician of 5 years. I have worked with all kinds of animals including cats, dogs, birds, small mammals, and reptiles. I have a special interest in exotic pet care and husbandry. Now, I’m a Professional Pet Blogger at my blog, Pawsitively Pets, sharing my adventures and knowledge. My pets include a Pit Bull, a calico cat, 2 dumbo-eared rats, and an aquarium of fish.