10 Pet Tips for a Safe and Fun Summer from McLean Animal Hospital

As the sun shines brighter and the temperatures rise, summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry companions. However, it’s important to remember that the summer season comes with its own set of challenges for pets. At McLean Animal Hospital, we want to ensure that your pets have a safe and enjoyable summer. In this blog post, we’ll share ten essential tips to help you keep your pets happy, healthy, and cool during the hot months ahead.

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  1. Stay Hydrated: The summer heat can lead to dehydration, so always provide your pets with plenty of fresh, clean water. Carry a water bottle and a collapsible bowl when you’re out and about.
  2. Limit Sun Exposure: Just like humans, pets can get sunburned. If your pet has light-colored fur or exposed skin, apply pet-friendly sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Seek shade during the hottest parts of the day.
  3. Never Leave Pets in a Hot Car: Temperatures inside a parked car can soar quickly, even with the windows cracked. Never leave your pet unattended in a car during the summer months, as it can be life-threatening.
  4. Exercise During Cooler Hours: Schedule outdoor activities like walks and playtime during the cooler hours of the day, either in the early morning or late evening. Avoid midday heat when temperatures are at their peak.
  5. Paw Protection: Hot pavement and sand can burn your pet’s paws. If the ground is too hot to touch with your hand, it’s too hot for your pet to walk on. Consider dog booties for added protection.
  6. Keep Fleas and Ticks at Bay: Summer is prime time for fleas and ticks. Ensure your pet is on a preventive medication recommended by your veterinarian to protect them from these pests.
  7. Be Cautious Near Water: Not all dogs are natural swimmers, so keep a close eye on your pet near pools, lakes, or the ocean. Use life jackets if needed, and make sure they know how to safely exit the water.
  8. Beware of Heatstroke: Watch for signs of heatstroke, including excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cooler area, offer water, and contact your vet immediately.
  9. Plan for Travel: If you’re traveling with your pet, make sure they have proper identification, and bring their medical records and any necessary medications. Keep a first-aid kit handy.
  10. Fireworks and Loud Noises: Summer often includes fireworks displays. Many pets are terrified of loud noises. Keep your pets indoors during fireworks events and provide a quiet, safe space where they can feel secure.


Summer is a time of adventure and outdoor fun for you and your pets. By following these ten essential tips, you can ensure that your furry companions stay cool, comfortable, and safe during the summer months. At McLean Animal Hospital, we’re here to provide guidance and support to keep your pets healthy and happy all year round. If you have any concerns or need further advice on caring for your pets this summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Wishing you and your pets a wonderful and safe summer season!