Tips to Fix Your Worst Summer Pet Problems

Pets love summer just as much as humans do, but they face their own set of problems like overheating, itchy paws, dehydration, and more. Check out these tips that are especially helpful for pet owners in the summer!

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
3-minute read

Summer Pet Tips

Keep Cats and Dogs Cool

Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer in hot temperatures. But unfortunately, pets can’t sweat to keep them cool—they pant instead. If your pets seem too hot, give them a wet towel in front of a fan to lay on. Wet the tips of your pet’s ears and the pads of their feet to help keep them cool. If you think your pet may be overheated, call your vet immediately.

How to Help Itchy Dog Skin

If your dog has itchy skin, try this soothing oatmeal scrub. In a food processor or blender, grind 1–2 cups oatmeal (the amount depends on the size of your dog). Add enough cool water to make a paste, and rub the mixture into his skin. After 5–10 minutes, wash it off with warm water, and your pooch should be scratching less often. If not, it’s time to check in with the vet.

Help for Itchy Paws

After playing in the park, your dog keeps licking his paws. It might be an allergic reaction to something he stepped on outside. In a spray bottle, mix together ¼ cup cider vinegar with ½ cup water, and spray the mixture on the bottom of his paws. Vinegar will help neutralize any irritants and soothe the skin. If this tip doesn’t work, or if the skin is broken, contact the vet.

Cool Toy for Hot Puppies

If your dog is hot or teething, you can create a cheap chew toy by soaking an old washcloth in water, twisting it into a fun shape, and leaving it in the freezer. Give it to your pup fully frozen, and when it thaws out, simply repeat the process. Dogs, especially puppies, will love this toy. Be careful doing this with tiny dogs, though, as they can get too cold if they chew on frozen toys too often.

Keep Brown Spots Off Your Lawn

Is your dog leaving brown spots on your lawn where he decides to pee? Put a few drops of vinegar into his water bowl every time you refill it and brown spots will be a thing of the past.

When to Clip Nails

Has your dog just been swimming? Right after a swim is the perfect time to clip your dog’s nails, because they’re slightly softened by the water, making it easier on both you and your pup.

For Your Parched Pooch

In the hot summer months, you’d like to be able to give your dog a drink of water when you’re out for a walk, but you haven’t yet perfected how to train him to drink from a water fountain. Solve the problem by bringing a plastic shower cap with you. When you fill it with water it will expand enough that you can hold it out as a bowl.

Ant Problem Solved

Are ants invading your pet’s bowl? Petroleum jelly will keep ants out of a pet food dish. Simply rub a small amount on the rim around the bottom of bowl. (Here are more ways to get rid of ants in your home.)

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.