The official start of summer is only a few weeks off. Many of our canine pals love this time of year. However, the heat can be dangerous for Fido, so you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your pooch happy, healthy, and safe. Here, a local York County PA veterinarian offers some advice on helping Fido beat that summertime heat.


Fido can’t cool off by sweating. Panting and drinking water are really the only ways your furry pal can regulate his temperature on hot days. Make sure your pooch always has water. If your pup has a yard to run and play in, he’ll also need water available outside.

Parasite Control

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites are rampant at this time of year. Make sure your pooch is current on his preventative care!

Cooling Pads

Some dogs have a harder time with the heat than others do. If your canine bff struggles with hot weather, you’ll need to take additional care. Consider buying Fido a cooling vest. You can also wet a bandana and hang that around his neck on sweltering days.

Tail Wags

Many of us love to cool off in winter with a frozen snack. Dogs do, too! You can find ice cream made just for Fido in many pet stores and grocery stores. You can even make your own. There are plenty of recipes online. These range from simple options, such as freezing sodium-free broth and kibble or shredded meat in ice cube trays. Just stick with ingredients you’re sure are safe.

Cool Digs

Fido may love to run and play in the sun, but he should always have a cool, shady spot available. If you have a fenced yard, add a doghouse or shade canopy for your furry friend.

Doggy Schedules

When it gets really hot, you’ll want to limit Fido’s outdoor time during the hottest part of the day. Walk and play with your four-legged buddy in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a bit cooler out.

Have Fun

Carve out some quiet quality time with your furry best friend. Taking Fido for a sunset walk can be a wonderful way to wind down after a long day at work. Time spent with dogs is never wasted! 

Do you have a question about caring for your canine companion? Contact us, your local York County PA pet hospital, today!