Summer is filled with outdoor adventures and quality time spent with our beloved pets. However, we have to be mindful of the unique challenges that summer brings, including heat-related risks, travel considerations, and the impact on overall pet health.
We’re sharing some essential tips to help you navigate the summer months and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for your furry companions.
1. Provide access to water and shade at all times
If we’re uncomfortable after too much time in the sun, it only goes to show that our furry friends are hot too. Hot temperatures mean access to plenty of shade, and fresh water is crucial for your pet to avoid heat stroke and dehydration.
We recommend keeping a portable water dish and umbrella in your car, backpack, and/or fanny pack so you can always keep your pet cool while on the go.
2. Schedule your walks and playtime
Avoid walking your pet or taking them to the dog park during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, opt for early morning or evening walks when the temperatures are a little more mild.
If you can only manage to get outside during peak mid-day sun, consider a water-based activity (like letting your dog chase toys around the sprinkler in the yard) or keep walks short.
No matter what time it is, be sure to test the sidewalk or pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.
3. Never leave your pet unattended in a car
This is a top summer safety tip for pets, but somehow people always forget. Research has found that temperatures inside a vehicle will reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit in just 25 minutes when the outside temperature is only 73 degrees.
Always plan ahead. Use drive-thru or curbside pick-up services if your pet is along for the ride, or opt to leave them at home where it’s cool.
If you’re on a long road trip where you may need to stop for a bathroom break, bring a travel buddy along with you so you can take turns waiting with your pet.
4. Avoid human food as treats
During summer outings, camping trips, and barbecues, it can be tempting to share human food and treats with our pets. However, certain foods can be harmful to their digestive system.
Avoid giving them foods high in fat, spices, or seasoning. Also, be cautious of ingredients like onions, garlic, and chocolate, which are toxic to pets.
5. Create a calm and secure environment
The summer months are often busy and packed full as we all make the most of the nice weather and time off school and work. These changes in routine can cause stress for your pet, so a secure environment is essential.
Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe space for relaxation. And be sure to carve out some time during the day for some extra love and cuddles if they seem stressed. This is especially important on the Fourth of July and other busy summer holidays where guests, fireworks, and loud noises can be triggering to dogs and cats.
Stick to their routine as much as possible throughout summer to minimize stress and stress-induced side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, and digestive upset.
6. Make water safety a priority
If you plan to take your pet swimming, ensure they are comfortable in the water and always supervise them.
Not all pets are natural swimmers, so use appropriate flotation devices if needed. Rinse off your pet after swimming to remove chlorine, sand, dirt, and bacteria.
7. Watch out for toxic substances
Summer brings out various chemicals and substances that can be harmful to pets. Keep them away from fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, pool chemicals, and toxic plants. Store these items securely and be cautious during walks or outings.
8. Plan pet-friendly activities
Do your research when planning summer activities and look for pet-friendly places in your area.
Some parks have designated pet-friendly trails where you and your furry friend can enjoy the outdoors together. More and more cafes, restaurants, and breweries with outdoor patios are pet-friendly, which is great in summer months.
While some of these businesses offer pet treats, water, and other supplies, don’t assume they do. Plan ahead with portable water dishes, waste bags, and umbrellas for shade.
9. Watch for signs of allergies
Summer allergies can affect pets too. Monitor for signs such as excessive scratching, licking, sneezing, or skin irritation.
10. Provide cooling options
Help your pet stay cool throughout the summer by providing a variety of cooling options.
Cooling mats are a great option for both dogs and cats. If your pet doesn’t mind clothing, bandanas or vests can be soaked in water and kept in the fridge or freezer.
Putting your pet’s food in the fridge or adding some ice to their water can also help cool them down on hot days and provide relief.
Boost Your Pet’s Overall Health this Summer
During the summer, when changes in routine, exposure to different foods, and potential stressors can impact your pet’s digestive and immune systems, focusing on your pet’s overall health and wellness is crucial — and many health issues start in the gut.
Maya Pet, the world’s first anthrobiotic, uses targeted Smart Strains™ of good bacteria to alleviate common issues such as diarrhea, constipation, and allergies and strengthen your pet's immune system.
By incorporating Maya Pet into your pet's daily routine, you can help ensure their digestive well-being, enhance nutrient absorption, and support their overall health throughout the summer months.