Summer is one of the best seasons for you and your pets. There’s plenty of beach days, outside BBQs and no snow in sight. And while we definitely want you to enjoy a fun summer with your pet, there are a few things to remember in order to keep them safe this summer. Here are 5 safety tips to keep in mind before you take your pet out this summer. 

Offer Plenty of Water and Shade

Your pets can easily get dehydrated in the summer and it’s essential to provide them with plenty of water and shade. Aim to have fresh, cool water in the house and be sure to take a bottle with you whenever you take your pet on a walk or to the beach. You can also increase your pets fluids by offering wet dog food. If your pet is pending some time outdoors, make sure you provide them with a shady place to rest. 

Some signs of dehydration to look out for include, 

  • Heavy panting
  • Bright red gums
  • Thick drool
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you think your pet might be dehydrated, contact your vet immediately. 

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

Your dog might run to get in your car, but they won’t love the scorching temperatures. While it might seem like leaving your pet in the car for a few minutes isn’t a huge deal, it takes less than 10 minutes for your pet to develop a heat stroke in a car. Leaving your pet in the car is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal in several states. This summer make sure you can take your poet with you wherever you travel, or leave them home in the cool house. 

Apply Sunscreen 

Your pets need sunscreen, just like you. In fact, sunburns are very common for pets, especially those with short coats. If you want to spend a day out in the sun with your pet, apply sunscreen every few hours to their sensitive areas like ears, bellies, nose. If you aren;t sure what sunscreen is safe for your pet, contact your veterinarian for recommendations. 

Keep Their Paws Cool

Did you know your pets heat and cool from the bottom up? If you are out enjoying the sun and a nice summer walk together, protecting their paws is essential, especially on hot sand, asphalt, and cement. 

Get Your Dog a Life Vest

Your dog loves the water, almost as much as you but it’s important to keep them safe while they play. A life vest can keep your dog safe and ensure no strong waves or riptides sweep them out into the water. Try to get a life vest that is bright in color so your pet can always be visible to other people and boats. 

We hope these tips will help you enjoy a fun and safe summer with your pet. If you need any doggy daycare or other summer grooming, we are happy to help! Just contact us today to set up your pets’ next stay or visit. 

Call Us to book your spot (413) 534-1333

35 C North Chicopee Street Chicopee, MA 01020

139 King Street Northampton, MA 01060

ABOUT US

Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch