dog and kid playing soccer together outside.

Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun (and shade!) for you and your pet. At Veterinary Medical Associates, we want you to have a safe, fun-filled summer with your furry sidekick. Keep reading for summer activities for you and your pet.

Safety First: Keeping Your Pet Cool During Summer

When the mercury rises, we need to protect our furry friends from overheating. While you’re planning a summer filled with pet-friendly fun, here are some pet safety tips to keep in mind: 

  • Schedule a pet wellness visit to make sure your pet is fit for summer fun, especially if you have a senior pet.
  • Wherever you go, be sure your pet has access to drinking water and shade.
  • Always carry sunscreen made for pets.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade.
  • Be mindful of signs that your pet is overheating, including frantic panting, excessive drooling, and trouble breathing.
  • Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip information are up to date. 
  • Protect your pet’s paws with booties.

Take Them Out to the Ballgame

Baseball and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, so why not take your dog to a ballgame? Check out the schedules of local minor and major league baseball teams for special “bring your dog” days, and let the games begin! Just be aware that many stadium foods aren’t healthy for pets, like beer, peanuts, and hotdogs.

Plan a Wet and Wild Time

Take a day trip to a dog-friendly beach, or turn your own backyard into a pet paradise with sprinklers, baby pools, and plenty of pet toys for an afternoon of summer fun—and make sure you join in!

Have a Picnic in the Park

Visit one of the area’s dog-friendly parks (be mindful of the leash laws), and enjoy walking the trails or just chilling out with a picnic in the shade. If your dog is a social butterfly, visit an area dog park, and let him socialize safely while burning off excess energy. Just make sure your dog is up to date on vaccines.

Get Back to Nature

For an inexpensive getaway and a great bonding experience, take your pet camping at a pet-inclusive park. Just make sure your dog is up to date on flea and tick control

It’s Cool to Stay Inside, Too!

Some pets have a hard time handling the heat of summer, even in small doses, and that’s OK. There are plenty of indoor summer activities for you and your pet. Schedule a playdate with another pet friend, play hide and seek with treats, or just cuddle up on the couch and binge watch your favorite show with your pet by your side.

There are so many ways to combine time with your pet and summer activities. Let us know if you have questions or if you’d like to schedule an appointment.