Puppy jack russell playing with soap bubbles in summer outdoor.Summertime weather means more play time outside for everyone, and that includes your dog. With the rising temperatures, unfortunately, your furry friend is exposed to potential hazards like heat exhaustion, burned paw pads, fleas, ticks, and other outside toxins.

No need to worry. Read our guide below on how to keep your dog safe all summer long.

If your bare feet can’t handle the heat, neither can your dog’s.

This general rule of thumb is one to remember. Asphalt and concrete can reach scorching temperatures, so avoid allowing your dog to spend too much time standing on these surfaces. Some alternatives would be walking on grass, mulch, or sandy paths. If you’re looking for more protection, try heat-resistant dog booties. Don’t forget to frequently check your pup’s paws for cuts, burns, discoloration, and bruises.

Adjust your walking times.

It’s essential to stay on top of your dog’s daily exercise so when considering a walk, choose the cooler times of the day like early morning or later in the evening. With planning ahead of time, you won’t miss out on your dog’s physical exercise and mental well-being.

Hydration is key.

No matter where you go, always bring plenty of fresh drinking water. If you’re worried you won’t have enough, bring more. You can never be too safe. Having constant access to cool water is vital to prevent your dog from getting heat exhaustion. Don’t forget to pack a travel bowl too!

Provide shade whenever possible.

Many dogs love being outdoors, even in super hot weather. Make sure your pooch has easy access to ample shade whether at the park, the beach, or even in your own backyard. If you have an outdoor-loving pup, be sure to provide a cool place in the shade to rest. Don’t forget about a shaded spot for water, too.

Protect them against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

These and other insects come out to play during the warmer months. Not only can they cause your dog to be itchy but they can carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases like tapeworms, heartworms, Lyme disease, and many more. Use a flea and tick preventative on your dog in and around your home, as well as mosquito protection while outside. Make sure to consult your vet about pet-safe products to use before going out to buy them.

If they can’t go inside, leave your dog at home.

Most pups love a car ride, and we know you love their company, but when running errands, the summer months are not always the best time to bring your dog along. The temperature inside your parked car can soar to extreme temperatures, making it a dangerous environment for your pup to be in, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Rolling the windows down doesn’t always cool it off enough. If your pooch is not welcome inside where you’re going, keep their best interest and safety in mind and leave them at home.

This summer, have a blast with your dog. There’s nothing more they love than your love and affection. Don’t forget, if it’s too hot outside, there are plenty of fun indoor activities to be had!