Summer is right around the corner and people around the country are preparing for vacations, days off, and the warm weather.  If you own a pet, you need to make sure that they’re well taken care of over the summer.  Most vets and news stations talk about the danger of leaving pets in hot and humid weather, but tend downplay the other dangers pets can run into during the summer.  Heat and humidity can be dangerous to pets, but there are other things that can be hazardous to your pet’s health when summer comes around.  Grab your heartgard and preventative treatments, and make sure that you pay close attention to your pet during this summer and avoid these hazards.

The Sun
Heat isn’t the only trouble that summer can bring, the sun’s rays can cause some damage to your pet’s skin.  Areas where there isn’t a lot of hair, like the nose and behind the ears, can get burned during the summer.  Some vets are divided on the use of sunscreen on pets.  Sunscreen can help protect their skin, but some pets may try to lick it off.  If your pet is outdoors a lot in the summer, dabbing a little sunscreen on their vulnerable areas can help significantly.  They do make special sunscreen for pets, but most children’s sunscreen will work just as well.  Just be sure to talk to your vet before you start using any sunscreen on your pet.
Pests and Wildlife
Your pet is vulnerable to insects, pests, and animals during any time of the year, but they’re particularly vulnerable during the summertime.  Since many pets choose to explore their world with their sense of smell, bee stings and snake bites on snouts and noses can be common during this time of year.  Many insects and dangerous pests like to hide in dark and damp places, so try to keep your pets away from them when they’re outside.  Also be sure to keep your dog on their leash during their walk to make sure that they don’t explore any questionable areas. 
People are quick to talk about the dangers of having small children near pools, but few talk about the hazards of having your pet near an open pool.  The term “doggie paddle” doesn’t mean that all dogs are natural swimmers.  Dogs with pushed in faces like pugs tend to be very top heavy, so they tend to be poor swimmers and they can easily sink to the bottom on pools. Out of shape dogs, old dogs, and dogs that haven’t had experience swimming shouldn’t be allowed near pools.  Install pool ramps or install a pool alarm to keep your pets away from the pool.