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Summertime Safety for Pets

July 01, 2015

As temperatures rise and the ‘dog days’ of summer approach, many of us are trying to beat the heat and stay cool. Hot weather can be very dangerous for pets, so you’ll want to be sure to keep your four-legged pal safe and cool in summer. In this article, a San Jose, CA vet offers tips for keeping your pets safe from summer’s heat.

Parasite Control

Fleas and ticks come out in droves in summer, so make sure your furry pal is protected against these unwelcome hitchhikers by keeping current on parasite prevention. For dogs, heartworm medication is also very important, since heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.


Dead fur, tangles, mats, and dander can all decrease the insulating qualities of your pet’s coat. This will make it harder for your furball to stay cool. Brush your pet daily, and ask your vet or groomer about giving Fido a summer trim.


Pets should always have an unlimited supply of fresh, clean water, but this is even more crucial in hot weather. If your pet is often home alone, consider getting an automated water dish to ensure your furry pal’s dish never goes dry.

Keeping Cool

Make sure your furry friend has access to at least one room that is cooled by fans or air conditioners. You’ll also want to schedule walks and play sessions for mornings or evenings, when it’s not as hot. To keep your pet’s bed cooler, aim a fan so that it circulates the air near the bed. You may not want to point it right at the bed, though, unless your pet loves the feeling of wind blowing through his fur!

Special Concerns

Seniors, young animals, and pets with disabilities are more susceptible to overheating. If your furbaby is one of these, take extra care to keep them cool and comfortable. If you enjoy hiking or jogging with your dog, be sure not to overexert Fido in hot weather.


Never, ever leave your pet locked in a hot car or room. Vehicles can be especially dangerous, as temperatures inside a hot car can reach deadly levels in just minutes. If Fido spends a lot of time in the yard, make sure he always has shade and water.

Does your pet need shots or an examination? Contact us! As your San Jose, CA veterinary clinic, we are always happy to help!