Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friends, but it also brings specific challenges to pet safety and well-being. At Honest Pet Products, we are committed to creating safe, eco-friendly toys for your pets, but we also care deeply about their overall health and happiness. Here are some essential summer safety tips to ensure your pets stay safe, hydrated, and comfortable during the hot months.


Hydration is Key

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, especially in hot and humid weather. Ensure that your pets have access to plenty of fresh, clean water at all times. If you're spending time outdoors, carry a portable water bowl and offer water frequently. Dehydration can lead to serious health issues, so keeping your pets well-hydrated is a top priority.


Provide Shade and Limit Exercise

Make sure your pets have a shady place to escape the sun. Over-exercising them in extreme heat can lead to heatstroke. Opt for cooler times of the day, such as early morning or late evening, for walks and playtime. Honest Pet Products' eco-friendly dog toys are perfect for indoor play as well, helping to keep your pets entertained while avoiding the heat.


Never Leave Pets in a Hot Car

One of the most dangerous situations for pets in the summer is being left in a car. Even with windows cracked, temperatures inside a parked car can rise rapidly to deadly levels. Never leave your pets unattended in a vehicle, even for a short period. It's best to leave them at home where they are safe and cool.


Protect Their Paws

Hot asphalt and pavement can burn your pet's paws. To avoid this, walk your dog during cooler parts of the day and stick to grassy or shaded areas. You can also use protective booties for extra paw protection. At Honest Pet Products, we recommend using natural materials that are gentle on your pet's paws for toys and accessories.


Grooming and Fur Care

Excess fur can trap heat, making your pet uncomfortable during a heatwave. Regular grooming helps remove dead hair and keeps your pet cooler. For cats, daily brushing can prevent overheating. Remember, when your cat grooms more frequently, it's their way of cooling down, as the evaporating saliva lowers their body temperature.


Sunscreen for Pets

Just like humans, pets can get sunburned. Light-colored, hairless, or short-haired pets are particularly at risk. Use a specially formulated pet sunscreen on exposed areas like the nose and belly. Never use human sunscreen on pets as it can be toxic if ingested.


Keep Pets Restrained in New Environments

When visiting new outdoor locations such as hiking trails or campsites, keep your pet on a leash until you're sure it's a safe environment. This prevents them from wandering into dangerous areas or encountering wild animals. 


Protection from Pests

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are more prevalent in the summer and can pose serious health risks to your pets. Ensure your pets are up-to-date on preventative medications. Consider pet-safe insect repellants for areas heavily infested with mosquitoes. Avoid products containing DEET, as they are harmful to pets.


Safe Summertime Treats

Be cautious about what your pets eat during summer outings. Some foods, like watermelon, are great for pets, while others, like chocolate ice cream, are toxic. Always check if a food is safe for your pet before sharing it with them.


At Honest Pet Products, we believe in the importance of safe and fun playtime for pets, especially during the summer months. Our eco-friendly, handmade toys made from natural materials like hemp and wool are designed with your pet’s safety in mind. By following these summer safety tips, you can ensure that your pets remain healthy, happy, and safe all season long.

Thank you for trusting Honest Pet Products as a part of your pet care routine.