Summer CatMost of us are happy that the warmer weather has finally arrived after such a cold long winter.  Most of our pets are also happy to finally get out in the great outdoors and explore with their owners the glories of summer.

But there are also dangers which are inherent in the summer weather:

  • Dehydration
  • Heat stroke
  • Sunburn.

Portable Pet BowlDehydration is a special danger to dogs especially for the elderly and short-nosed canine breeds.  They are more sensitive to the heat and more prone to heat stroke.  It is always a good idea to bring along a container of fresh cool water on your outings with your canine companions.  Before venturing out on your trips, just fill a stainless steel or BPA-free water container with cold water and ice cubes to keep the water cool.

Heat stroke

Dog in CarEvery year we hear of pets being left in parked cars in parking lots unattended.  Cars left in parking lots can heat up to dangerous temperatures leaving the pet at risk of heat stoke leading to death.


It’s always assumed that pets, having thick coats of fur are not vulnerable to sunburn.  Actually, there are some dogs and cats who are just as prone to sunburn as humans.  White animals and those with hair that is thin or nonexistent are sensitive to the sun and can get a sunburn and skin cancers.

The best way to prevent sunburn for your pets is the same measures we use against sunburn: Sunglass Dog

  • Shade
  • Sun block.

Pets should have sun block applied to sun-sensitive areas:

  • the tips of the ears
  • nose
  • belly
  • groin areas.

Dogs and cats have a tendency to lick off topical lotions and creams.  These substances can also be toxic to cats and dogs.  Before administering a lotion to your pet, please contact us, the Summeridge Animal Clinic your Thornhill, Vaughan Veterinary clinic to discuss the best product to use and the recommended way to apply the product on your pet.

If you have any questions, please call us at Summeridge Animal Clinic at 905-731-1225 or visit our website at