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Hiawassee Animal Hospital in North Georgia

Summer is a time of fun and excitement, but it can also be a dangerous time for our furry friends. As the temperature rises, it’s important to take extra precautions to keep our pets safe. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips on how to keep your pet safe during the summer months.

As you probably know, summer can be a dangerous time for our pets. So, it’s important to be aware of common summer hazards. Some of the most common summer dangers for pets include heatstroke, dehydration, sunburn, hot pavement, insect bites, and tick and flea infestations.

Protecting your pet from the heat

Heatstroke and dehydration are serious concerns for pets during the summer months. To keep your pet safe from these hazards, make sure to provide plenty of fresh water and shade. You should also avoid exercising your pet during the hottest parts of the day and never leave them in a parked car.

Signs of heat exhaustion in pets include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cooler area immediately and contact your veterinarian.

Keeping your pet safe outdoors

Protecting your pet from the sun is also important during the summer months. Just like humans, pets can suffer from sunburn, so make sure to apply pet-safe sunscreen to their ears, nose, and any other exposed areas.

Hot pavement can also be a hazard for pets, causing burns to their paws. To prevent this, try to walk your pet in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. You can also invest in booties to protect their paws.

Insect bites and stings are also common during the summer months, so make sure to use pet-safe insect repellents and check your pet for ticks and fleas regularly.

Keeping your pet safe while traveling

If you’re planning on traveling with your pet during the summer, make sure to take extra precautions to keep them safe. Always provide plenty of water and never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a short period of time. If you’re traveling by car, make sure to take frequent breaks to allow your pet to stretch their legs and cool down.

Preparing for emergencies

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies, especially during the summer months. Common summer pet emergencies include heatstroke, insect bites, and snake bites. Make sure to have a first aid kit on hand that includes items like gauze, bandages, antiseptic, and tweezers. You should also have the contact information for your veterinarian and a local emergency animal hospital.


Summer is a fun time for both pets and their owners, but it’s important to take extra precautions to keep our furry friends safe. By following these tips, you can ensure that your pet has a happy and healthy summer.

Remember to stay vigilant, be prepared, and enjoy the summer safely with your pet!

When you bring your pet to Hiawassee Animal Hospital, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a staff that is capable and compassionate. Our doctors emphasize preventive care and client education. We take the time to listen and answer your questions to address all of your pet’s needs. We treat your pet like part of our family.

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Working Hours

Monday – Friday:
08:30 AM – 05:30 PM

Emergency Services:
Mountain Emergency Animal Center, Blue Ridge, GA
(706) 632 7879

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