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Summer Dog Care Tips

July 15 2021

Do you have big plans for summer? Much of last year’s activities were curtailed by the coronavirus, so many people are packing their schedules for the coming months. No matter what you have planned, your canine buddy will be more than happy to accompany you. You will need to take a few precautions to keep Fido safe, sound, and healthy at this time of year, though. Read on as a local Carmel Valley, CA vet offers some summer care tips for pups.

Water, Water Everywhere

Hydration is absolutely crucial for our furry pals. Whenever you take Fido somewhere with you, always bring water along. Consider getting your pooch a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. At home, make sure your pup always has clean water available. You can drop an ice cube into his water on hot days.

Parasite Control

There’s almost no end to the list of things that can be dangerous to Fido. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are year-round nuisances in the Golden State. Make sure that your canine friend is up to date with all of his vaccines and parasite control products. Additionally, check out “6 Ways To Protect Your Dog From Lyme Disease” to learn more about safeguarding your pooch against this common tick-borne illness.


Do you enjoy hiking? Fido makes a great trail buddy, but be careful. Don’t let your pooch nose around in areas that could be housing wildlife, such as rattlesnakes. In many places, you’ll also need to look out for things like rattlesnakes and poisonous toads. Unsafe plants, such as Sago palms and foxtail grasses, are also a big concern. If you notice any allergic reactions or skin issues in your pet after an outdoor adventure, consider our “Pet Allergies & Vet Dermatology” service for expert care and treatment.


Swimming can be great exercise for both people and pets. However, there are some caveats. First and foremost: never leave your dog unattended near water, even for a minute. Also, don’t take your furry friend to places with strong currents or heavy wakes.

Cold Treats

Want to get your canine pal’s tail going? Get him some doggy ice cream, which you can pick up in many pet stores. You can also take Fido with you on a run to Starbucks, and get him a puppucino from the drive-thru.

Summer Nights

California’s balmy weather is at its best at this time of year. Enjoy some downtime with your furry bff. Take Fido for a walk to enjoy a beach sunset with your four-legged friend. Time spent with dogs is never wasted!

If you have any inquiries about your dog’s health or care, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are your local veterinary specialist in Carmel Valley, CA, and we are always ready to help.