As the summer season arrives, it’s time to make the most of the longer and brighter evenings with our beloved pets. At Caring Pathways, we understand the importance of exercising our furry friends safely during this time of year. Regular exercise not only contributes to their overall health but also enhances the bond we share with our canine and feline companions. In this article, we’ll provide you with valuable tips on keeping your pets cool and ensuring their safety throughout the summer season.

Optimize Exercise Routine for Dogs:

To ensure your dogs stay comfortable in the summer heat, consider adjusting their exercise schedule. Choose cooler mornings or evenings for longer walks or playtime sessions. Reserve mid-day for shorter “bathroom walks” when temperatures are at their peak. This will prevent your dogs from overexerting themselves and help them stay cool.

Create Comfortable Spaces Indoors:

While our pets often enjoy basking in sunspots, it’s important to keep our homes cool during hot summer days. Darkening rooms by drawing the curtains can provide a perfect temperature for your pets to nap comfortably. Additionally, you can turn a darkened room into a fun exercise area by hiding small portions of their regular food or treats. This stimulates their sense of smell and provides mental and physical stimulation.

Indoor Recreational Activities:

Grow catnip or oat grass indoors to offer your cats and dogs a delightful recreational experience. Oat grass can be easily grown in a cake pan or roasting pan within two weeks, while catnip can be planted in a small container. Both cats and dogs can enjoy the effects of catnip, and chewing oat grass can be a pleasurable pastime for them.

Evening Playtime:

Take advantage of the cooler evenings to engage in interactive play with your pets. Play fetch with a ball for your dog or use engaging toys for your cat. This not only helps them burn off excess energy but also strengthens the bond between you and your furry friend.

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Special Considerations for Older Pets:

Older pets require extra care during the summer months. Keep in mind that their tolerance for heat may decrease with age. Adjust their exercise routines and monitor their energy levels closely. If they show signs of exhaustion or discomfort, bring them indoors to rest in a cool and comfortable environment.


Enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer with your pets by following these essential tips for summer pet care. Exercise your pets safely, create comfortable indoor spaces, and engage in interactive play to keep them cool and entertained. Remember to be mindful of your older pets’ needs and adjust their routines accordingly. At Caring Pathways, we prioritize the well-being of your furry friends and encourage responsible pet care throughout the year.

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Written by: Dr. Kerry Muhovich, Caring Pathways Veterinarian

Dr. Muhovich is a graduate of Colorado State University veterinary school. She has worked in various areas of veterinary medicine, including shelter medicine, animal behavior, general practice, teaching techs, and end of life care. She has found her career home in end of life care. Dr. Muhovich is certified in canine rehabilitation, fear free, and low stress handling.

Dr. Muhovich loves serving her clients and patients in the comfort of their homes. She loves all cats and dogs, and is honored to help pets in need.

Emilea Burton

Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice

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