Your pets may start shedding their winter coats on their own, but give them a helping hand by taking them to a groomer. There they can get washed and their hair trimmed; not only will this help them stay cool, but with a shorter coat, they’ll be less likely to pick up dirt and burrs.

Visit the Vet
For starters, you’ll want to make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations, since chances are your pets will encounter other animals in this weather. Use this vet visit to talk to your vet about any concerns or questions you have in regards to having your pet out in hotter weather.

Make Your Yard Pet Friendly
Check your fence to ensure there are no holes or easy ways for your pet to get out. As you spruce up your yard, make sure there are a few shady areas for your pets to stay cool. Make sure you always give pets access to a water source to keep them hydrated and to avoid overheating.

Get Your Pet Ready for Vacation
If you’re boarding your pet or using a pet sitter, call well ahead to make arrangements, as places and people often get booked up. If you’re taking the pets with you, have a safe way to transport them.
Once the hot weather hits, there’s still lots you’ll have to do to keep your pets happy and healthy. For your canine companions, take them on walks earlier in the mornings and later in the evenings to stay out of the high temperatures. For pets that are outside, regularly check for bug bites, and keep up-to-date on your flea and tick medications. The better you take care of your pets during the summer, the more time you’ll be able to enjoy the sun!