Summer is here bringing warm, sunny weather, vacations, and pool parties. Unfortunately, summer also brings some hazards for pets. Avoiding these hazards could save your pet’s life.

  1. Never leave your pet in the car. Animals can start to show signs of heat stroke after five minutes in a hot car, and death can occur after 15 minutes. Leaving the window open and/or parking in the shade will not keep your pet cooler. Do your pets a favor and leave them at home.
  2. Make sure your pet has a constant source of clean water. If you use an automatic waterer, check it daily to ensure that it is working.
  3. Try to keep pets inside, especially on the hottest days of the summer. This is a must for our smoosh-faced pets like Bulldogs, Pugs, and Persians. Bulldogs can die from heat stroke after 15-20 minutes when the temperature is over 100 degrees.
  4. Do not walk your pet or encourage them to exert themselves during the hottest parts of the day. Remember that the temperature at your pet’s face level may be 10-15 degrees higher due to heat radiating from the ground.
  5. When walking your pet, check the temperature of the ground. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for their paws.
  6. Always supervise pets around in-ground swimming pools. If you have a pool, make sure you have a pet-proof fence around it and consider putting a rescue ramp in the deeper end. Some breeds, like our smoosh face friends, are more prone to drowning, but any dog can panic or tire in a pool and drown. If your dog likes splashing around, get a plastic wading pool, which is a much safer option.
  7. If you leave your pet outside, make sure that there is ample shade to help your pet keep cool and prevent sunburn. Pet safe sunscreen may be applied to sunburn prone dogs. Fans, wading pools, and misters can also help keep outdoor pets cooler.
  8. Keep pets out of foxtails, which burrow into ears, eyes, toes, and every other place you can imagine. If you suspect your pet has a foxtail, call your vet ASAP.
  9. Make sure that you are treating your pets to prevent fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Your veterinarian can help you choose the proper product for your pet. Flea and tick treatments are also available at the Valley Oak SPCA clinic.
  10. More pets get lost in the summer. Most lost pets will not be returned to their owners unless they are microchipped. Microchips are available through your veterinarian or the Valley Oak SPCA clinic.

Valley Oak SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill rescue that operates solely on donations and contributions from our local community. To make an online donation or submit a volunteer application, please visit our website:

Valley Oak SPCA Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic:
9405 West Goshen Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291

Valley Oak SPCA Adoption Center Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

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