Summer pet ideas may not be all fun and games. While there are so many things you can be doing and should be doing with your pets this summer, there are also plenty of things not to do and other things that you need to be on the lookout for. For instance, NEVER leave your pet in your car in the spring or summer. The car will reach dangerous temperatures in just minutes even if the day is overcast and under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s just not worth the risk. If you have to run into a store, stop at the bank or any number of errands, take your dog home first.

Pets can easily become overheated in the summer heat and sun. Know the symptoms of heatstroke or heat exhaustion and be sure to protect your pets against it. Heavy panting and drooling, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, dark or red gums/tongue, dizziness, weakness, agitation or any change in their behavior or appetite are all signs of heatstroke. Cool pets immediately if you recognize these signs. If symptoms persist, get to the veterinarian right away. Check the pavement and blacktop before allowing dogs and cats to walk on it. Hot cement has been known to burn paw pads and cause serious injury. Place the back on your hand on the pavement for 5-10 seconds. If it is too hot for your skin, it is too hot for your pets’ feet.