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All-Inclusive Summer Guide

Summer is a great time to have fun in, and out of, the sun. This guide includes information and ideas for you and your dog to have a safe, enjoyable summer. Follow the link in each bold heading for more information, including tips and ideas from UKC’s very own expert employees. Get ready for your best summer ever!

Outdoor Hazards

Dogs and humans alike enjoy spending time outside, particularly in the summer. Make sure your canine companion safely enjoys the weather by following a few simple rules while enjoying the great outdoors:

    · On a hot day, make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest.

    · Ensure your dog stays hydrated by providing cool, fresh water.

    · NEVER leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day.

    · Avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand; if it hurts you, it hurts your pooch’s paws.


When going on your summer vacation, include the whole family and bring (wo)man’s best friend with you! Many hotels and tourist attractions allow dogs, and you will have more fun knowing they are safe and with you than you would worrying about their care. Just remember to keep them safe on the way to your destination!

    · Planes: Airline flying regulations vary during the summer, some not allowing dogs to fly or some only allowing early morning or evening flights due to the hot weather.

    · Cars: Help your dog stay cool by putting icepacks in a well-ventilated crate and putting a sunshade on the windows.

    · RVs: If leaving a dog in an RV, do not count on the air conditioning and generator system. These devices can malfunction. Make sure you or a neighbor check it often to ensure it is running properly.

Beach and Water Safety

Your pup enjoys a day at the beach or pool as much as the rest of the family, if not more. Next time you rush to the sandy shores to escape the heat, keep these tips in mind so your dog has a fun, safe day in the water or on the shore.

    · Not all beaches allow dogs, check local ordinances before making the trip.

    · When picking a spot on the beach or poolside, make sure your dog has a shady spot to rest and fresh water.

    · Dogs can sunburn, especially those with short hair, white fur and pink skin. Limit their sun exposure during the day and apply sunscreen to his ears and nose 30 minutes before heading outside.

        o Be cautious if using human sunscreen, if ingested it can be toxic for dogs.
    · Most dogs enjoy swimming, but some can’t swim and others may hate water. Be conscious of this before trying to make them swim.

    · Never throw your dog in the water.

    · Never leave your dog unattended in the water.

General Health and Safety

It is important to stay up on your dog’s health all year long, but during the warmer months you and your dog will typically spend more time outdoors. Being aware of your dog’s health can go a long way in preventing larger issues from arising.

    · Ensure all of your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Dogs tend to come into contact with more animals in the summer and this can prevent the spread of illness.

    · Keep your dog brushed and clean.

    · When in a public place ALWAYS keep your dog leashed. You don’t know how your dog will react to their surroundings or how other animals will react to your dog.

    · Summer is the most important time for flea and tick prevention. Make sure your pet is protected.

Stay Cool Treats

As much as you enjoy a cool treat on a hot summer day, so does your four-legged friend. Whip up some of these sweet treats and surprise your pup with them the next time you’re playing on a warm day.

    · Ice Pops

    · Frozen Meat Treats

    · Dog Ice Cream

Fun Summer Activities

The summer is a great time to try new activities with your pooch. Whether indoors or out, your dog is happiest spending time with you!