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Helping Fido Get Through The Dog Days Of Summer

July 1, 2022

We’re well into the hottest part of the year now. For our canine companions, summer’s weather can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one paw, Fido gets to run and play outdoors, roll around in the grass, and enjoy lots of long walks. However, the heat can be dangerous to him. After all, he does have a fur coat on! A local vet offers some advice on helping your canine pal cope with the heat in this article.


First and foremost, make sure your pooch always has water. If you have a yard, keep some outside for him as well. (Tip: put it in a plant urn to make it look nice.) You can drop an ice cube into your pup’s bowl on hot days.


All of our canine pals have their own specific grooming needs. Some pups will be cooler with a cute summer trim, while others just need extra brushing. For example, Samoyeds, with their thick, fluffy coats, require regular brushing to stay cool and comfortable during the summer months. You can learn more about this beautiful breed in our article Spotlight On Samoyeds. Keep up with Fido’s beauty care needs!


You may find that adjusting Fido’s daily doggy schedule can be helpful. Try to walk and play with your canine companion in the mornings and evenings, when it’s a little cooler out.

Paw Care

Your furry best friend can get painful paw burns from running or walking on hot or harsh surfaces. Try to keep Fido on soft ground as much as you can. Paw balm or wax can also be helpful here. Headed to the beach? Keep an eye out for sharp rocks or shells.

Cooling Products

Does your canine pal really struggle with the heat? Fido may appreciate a cooling vest. As the name suggests, these help keep your canine buddy cool in the heat. Cooling pads are also quite popular with our canine companions.


Fido likes a cool treat as much as we do. You can find doggy ice cream in stores, but you can also make your own. Just stick with safe ingredients.

Tail Wags

The time we have to spend with our furry companions often goes by much too quickly. Enjoy some quiet time with Fido. Soak up a sunset, or visit a pretty park or beach. And don’t forget to keep up with your pup’s regular check-ups and preventive care through our Veterinary Wellness & Pet Vaccinations services to ensure he stays healthy and happy all summer long.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your animal clinic in Roanoke, VA, we’re here to help!

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