Dogs Need Sunscreen?! Yes – And More Spring And Summer Pet Tips


Ah, the beauty of Spring and Summer. The days are getting longer and the temperatures are growing warmer, and everyone just seems to have an extra bounce in their step – including your pet! Being able to go on walks and runs with our dogs is a wonderful advantage during the warmer months, along with taking our pets on small vacations and trips to local lakes and parks. You already know that leaving your pet in a hot car is so dangerous and an absolute “n-o”, but there’s a few more Spring and Summer pet care tips that you need to think about as your town starts to heat up.

#1: Prevent Pool Access – Have a pool in your yard or on your deck? Think of your dog as if he or she was a child – you’d install pool gates to restrict the child’s access, right? Same goes for your dog. Install pool gates and a lock to the pool deck to prevent your dog from jumping in, and at the very worst, drowning.

#2: Summer Schedule Changes – We have our routines in the Fall and Winter, wanting to get our errands done and get inside the warmth of our homes as soon as possible. Warmer months bring with them more variations in our schedules, as we attend barbecues, outings with friends, and impromptu parties. Yet, your dog is still on the Fall/Winter schedule, so make sure you’re taking the time to adequately take your dog out for bathroom breaks, are feeding your dog at structured times, and giving your dog the exercise he or she needs.

#3: Dogs Need Sunscreen, Too – Pet stores sell “dog sunscreen” for a reason. If your dog has light fur or a light nose, purchase a bottle of dog-approved sunscreen and follow the directions on the bottle to lather it on your dog.

#4: Bacteria In Standing Water – It’s so much fun to bring your dog to the local lake to prance around in the water and have a blast, but be sure to tote along a water bowl and bottle of water for hydration breaks. Standing water can have bacteria and other harmful particles in it, and can end up hurting your dog’s digestive track.

#5: Vacations With Fido – Bringing your dog on vacation? As long as your hotel or condo is dog-friendly, this is a fun way for you and your family to have an even better time on vacation. Yet, just as you would for other members of your family, remember to pack your dog’s veterinary information, pet food, water bowl and water, dog bed, collar, leash, and any of the usual treats you give to your dog.

We just love the Spring and Summer, and our dogs do too! Along with ensuring your dog is never in a hot car, follow the above warm weather dog care tips to have a fun and healthy summer. Share your own Spring and Summer dog care tips by leaving a comment on this post!

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Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.


  1. Thanks for the tips! It was very informative and helpful for me. Thanks and I’m gonna come back to read more of your blogs.

  2. A well pet visit gives you a chance to meet a vet and evaluate him or her without pressure. Observe the way in which the veterinarian interacts with you and your animal. If the vet answers questions in an informative, helpful way and he or she gets along well with your pet, you may have made a good choice.

  3. very nice tips. I have a Russian male dog. My dog was suffering through itching at his skin whenever he went to walk with me at a strong sunny day. I used the sun screen lotion for dogs after reading your post and it was really helpful.

  4. What lovely tips, these can really bring a huge help to all the pet “dog” lovers like me… Thanks for sharing….

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