It’s summertime, and everyone is eager to get out and have some fun in the sun – particularly our pets. But the sweltering summer heat affects dogs differently than their owners, and can easily lead to heatstroke, burns, and respiratory distress if left unchecked. All dogs are susceptible to extreme heat, and particularly those with flatter faces.

Keep the following pet safety tips for summer in mind before heading outdoors.

  • Start (or finish) the day with exercise: The sun’s rays are at their strongest and most intense between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. So go for that walk first thing in the morning, or last thing before dark.
  • Take pause for their paws: Before going for a walk or a jog, be sure to check the temperature of the pavement, the sand, or the ground. Too hot for your hand? It’s way too hot for their feet. Note: To prevent burns, never walk your dog if the temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or above.
  • Provide plenty of shade for your pup: When outdoors for extended periods of time, be sure to provide some kind of shelter from the sun for your dog. Keep in mind that the sun will move positions as the day passes.
  • Keep the drinks coming: Fresh, cool water is essential for your dog. Also consider doggie ice pops and treats and small splash pools to provide some extra fun and relief from the heat.
  • NEVER leave your dog in the car. Even on moderate days, the temperature of your car is significantly warmer than outdoors, and can lead to severe heatstroke, brain damage, and even death.

Remember: dogs don’t sweat like we do, and they can’t handle the heat as well. Keep your pet cool, comfortable, and healthy this season by following these simple pet safety tips for summer and have a fantastic time.

The Green Acres team hopes you have a safe and sensational summer with your pets. As a veterinarian-owned and operated resort, the safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us. Heading out of town? Consider providing a vacation for your dog. Our compassionate and highly trained team puts pets at ease while making certain they get plenty of safe, supervised fun in the sun in our acres of outdoor play yards. Contact us today to learn more.