Summer is officially upon us. Our canine pals need some extra TLC at this time of year. Not only is Fido running around in a fur coat, he can only cool himself off by panting or drinking water. A Spring Hill, TN vet offers some summertime dog care tips in this article.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Make sure that Fido always has plenty of water. You may want to set out extra water stations, particularly if you have more than one pup and/or a large dog. Drop a few ice cubes into Fido’s bowl when it’s hot out. (Your cute pet may also enjoy playing in the spray from a hose or sprinkler, or splashing around in a kiddie pool.)

Schedule Caution

Take care not to overexert your furry pal during the hottest part of the day. That’s usually between 10 and 4 or so. Schedule most of Fido’s doggy activities, such as walks and playtime, outside of those hours.


Poison ingestion is another concern. Dogs are at risk from both toxic plants and many common chemicals, such as rat poison or herbicides. Fido can ingest these substances just by walking through treated spots and then licking his paws.


Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are out in droves at this time of year. These tiny monsters can carry dangerous diseases, such as Lyme, which can affect both people and pets. Keep up with your four-legged friend’s preventative care!

Wild Animals

Man’s Best Friend is more likely to run into wild or stray animals at this time of year. If your furry bff hasn’t been thoroughly trained yet, work on that. Don’t let Fido nose around potential habitats, such as rotten logs or debris piles.


Fido loves accompanying his humans to grill outs and gatherings. Only offer your pup safe foods, such as plain, cooked boneless meat. Don’t let your canine buddy get into the trash at these events. Garbage cans often contain hazards, such as bones and can lids.


Carve out some quality time with your canine companion this summer. There are worse ways to spend a beautiful summer afternoon or evening than tossing a ball for Fido or relaxing with a book as he naps at your feet.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? As your local Spring Hill, TN pet hospital, we’re here to help. Call anytime!