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Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

With warmer weather upon us, we need to keep our Wonderful Woofies safe. As temperatures rise, our dogs are also vulnerable to heat-related issues like heatstroke, dehydration, as well as burned paw pads. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your dog stays safe and comfortable during the summer months.

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Preventing Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious condition that can occur when dogs are exposed to high temperatures and humidity. To prevent heatstroke, avoid taking your dog for walks or exercising during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, opt for early morning or late evening outings when temperatures are cooler. Always provide plenty of fresh water and a shady place for your dog to rest. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, weakness, and collapse. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, seek veterinary care immediately.

Hydration is Key

Keeping your dog hydrated is essential during the summer. Ensure your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times, especially when spending time outdoors. Consider carrying a portable water bottle and bowl during walks or trips to the park. Adding a few ice cubes to their water bowl can also help keep the water cool and refreshing, but never feed just ice alone, as digesting ice can actually raise body temperature as the body works to warm the ice up.

Protect Those Paws

Hot pavement and sand can burn your dog’s paw pads. To prevent this, walk your dog on grassy areas or dirt paths whenever possible. Before heading out, check the pavement with the back of your hand—if it’s too hot for you to touch, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. You can also invest in dog booties to provide an extra layer of protection.  I like PAWS Booties for the summer months!

Avoid Leaving Dogs in Cars

Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even for a short time. The temperature inside a car can rise rapidly, leading to potentially fatal heatstroke. If you need to run errands, it’s best to leave your dog at home in a cool, comfortable environment.

Provide Proper Shelter

If your dog spends time outdoors, make sure they have access to a shaded area where they can escape the sun’s rays. A well-ventilated doghouse or a spot under a tree can provide much-needed relief from the heat. Remember, dogs can get sunburned too, especially those with short or light-colored coats. Applying pet-safe sunscreen to their ears, nose, and other exposed areas can help protect their skin.

Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy This Summer

By following these summer safety tips, you can ensure your furry friend enjoys the season while staying safe and healthy. Keep an eye on their behavior, and don’t hesitate to seek veterinary advice if you have any concerns about your dog’s well-being during the warmer months.


Alana Holst
Australian Labradoodle Breeder  at 

Since 2011, I've dedicated myself to breeding Standard Sized Australian Labradoodles, fueled by a passion for holistic practices and exceptional quality. My focus lies in fostering strong bonds between humans and dogs, crafting loyal companions for therapy, service, and family — spreading love, one precious puppy at a time.

Alana Holst

Alana Holst

Australian Labradoodle Breeder

We make a heartfelt promise to our cherished puppies and their new families, dedicating ourselves to the health, happiness, and lifelong well-being of every Labradoodle we raise and to fostering a supportive community among our adoptive families. Learn more about us.

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Australian Labradoodle Momma at Big Rock Labradoodles

Where Care Meets Excellence!

At Big Rock Labradoodles, we champion a comprehensive, science-based, and holistic approach in breeding and nurturing exceptional standard-sized genuine Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. Our commitment to atypical rearing strategies ensures that we never settle for the ordinary — we strive for extraordinary dogs destined for prolonged and fulfilling lives. Learn more about our code of ethics and our adoption process. When you feel ready to welcome a new family member, we invite you to fill out our adoption application — the first step towards finding your new furry family member.