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Six Natural Ways Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Summer

Summer is here and we’re stoked for it. But no one is more stoked than our pets: Warm temps, grassy yards, balls to catch and swimming are just as fun for our furry friends.

But pet safety is even more important during the summer months, especially when the temperatures start to rise.

1. Never ever, ever leave your pet in a hot car.

It can take just minutes – MINUTES – for your pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car.

Most people don’t realize how big of an issue this can be, but think about this: On a 78-degree day, the temperature in your car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and top 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun!

Your best bet is to leave your pet home and inside on hot or even pretty warm days. If you’re driving around with your dog or cat in the car, bring water and a water dish and take your pet with you when you go inside a store.

2. Remember, paws get scorched too!

Paw Balm from Plant TherapyWhen the sun is out, it’s no wonder we don’t like walking around in bare feet on asphalt or metal. It can get really hot, sometimes hot enough to burn your toes! Even though your pet has extra-tough skin on their paws, that hot asphalt can be scorching to your pet’s toes too.

When walking your furry friends, try to keep them off of hot asphalt while walking; not only can it burn little paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to your pet overheating.

Along those same lines, it’s not a good idea to drive around with your dog in the bed of a truck either because of the hot metal surface which can also burn paws.

To keep your pet’s paws moisturized and promote healing, use our Pup & Pony Paw Balm regularly to help keep their skin in tip-top shape.

3. Keep your pets calm during fireworks.

Woman using Pup & Pony blend with her dogThe loud noises, bright lights and high-pitched tones of fireworks can be very frightening and disturbing to some pets (remember, their hearing is much better than ours). In order to keep your pets safe from flying sparks and sometimes harsh chemicals that make up fireworks, it’s best to keep your furry friends at home.

But keeping them home doesn’t always fix their anxiety! To keep your pet from becoming upset at the noises, make sure you keep them indoors in a safe, comfortable and familiar location.

You can also try this Confident K9 DIY Linen Spray on your pup’s bedding to help keep them calm during firework season.

This spray uses one of our brand new Pup & Pony blends! Confident K9 was specifically created to help with dogs who struggle with being alone. It promotes relaxation, supports confidence, and soothes worry so they can relax when their favorite person is away.

What you’ll need:

  • 18-36 drops of Confident K9
  • 1.5 ounces of water
  • .5 ounces of Everclear
  • Empty spray bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure out water and Everclear in separate measuring cups.
  2. Mix essential oils into Everclear and then add water in slowly.
  3. Pour into an empty spray bottle.
  4. Spray dogs bed or horses linens lightly and allow to dry.

*If you do not want to use Everclear, then an emulsifier and preservative would be necessary. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Before using this linen spray, make sure you’ve properly introduced your pup to essential oils and they have a positive association with these blends. Then you know you can safely use this spray while you are away. Also, the Everclear acts as an emulsifier in this recipe. It evaporates quickly, making it safe to use around pets. Just be sure to leave time for the spray to dry before bedtime.

4. Always provide water and shade.

Woman using Pup & Pony blend with her dogEspecially if you leave your pet outdoors during the day, water and shade are sometimes the difference between health and sickness. Remember that your little fur baby has just that – a fur coat. Meaning those high temps may be even more intense for your animal.

Do your best to keep your pet cool and comfortable when you’re not home. Even if you are home, and you and your pet are out in the sun for a long period of time, make sure there’s plenty of water available to avoid dehydration. Also, get your pet into the shade as much as possible, and provide shade for them to lay in during the day.

5. Stay safe at cookouts.

Evoke your best summer ever picnic on the beachBeach picnics and backyard BBQs are a blast, but the food and drinks served can often be not-so-great for our pets. Add to that the fact that during these events food and drinks are often on the ground or within reach of little doggy legs, and you’ve got a potential recipe for trouble.

Keep your pets away from foods that might be hazardous, like alcohol, soda, grapes, onions, and of course – chocolate.

6. Don’t forget a haircut!

pup & pony essential oils for dogsIf you have a pet has a very thick or long coat, and will be outside for long periods of time, consider giving your fur baby a haircut! Just don’t cut too short, because pets can get sunburns too. One inch is a good length for hair to help your pet cool off while still avoiding sunburn.

If you want to learn even more about using essential oils and pets, check out our Pup & Pony line and pet-related section of our Plant Therapy blog!


41 thoughts on “Six Natural Ways Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Summer”

  • Hi, I am grateful that you have this topic on the blog, thank you! I tried a search for cat safe EOs and products but the search comes up empty. Many of us have dogs and cats so I would like to know if the pup linen spray is safe to use in the home if we have cats too? If you have a list that is both cat and dog safe, I would LOVE to see it so I can shop with confidence that they are both safe.

    thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle, cats’ internal systems are quite different from many mammals. Because of this, essential oils have the potential to be quite toxic for cats. You can read more about why that is and find a few tips for safely using essential oils around your cats in this blog post.

  • Great summer tips for dog owners! And I love the Confident K9 blend. Great to have a linen spray recipe to use with it for the upcoming 4th! Thank you!

  • A thought-provoking article with some good ideas. My pooch steers clear whenever I pull out the oil bottle. I have made some blends to help deter critters, but Mr Shoe is really adamant about my using it. I have considered making a blend for his arthritis, but he licks his joints to try self-medicating, so I don’t want him to get a tongue full of oil blend. I haven’t yet worked these things out and welcome more information.

  • That paw balm looks really interesting. It’s so important to keep our furbabies safe and healthy. Thank you for sharing these tips and reminding people to always be keeping an eye out for our pets.

  • I have always used the Relax synergy for my dog during fireworks and thunder storms . I ve had good results but I after the good reviews i am going to try Confident K9 and see what happens

  • I’m excited about the Confident K9 info. My dog has terrible anxiety during fireworks as well as thunderstorms. However I may end up spraying every bed and piece of furniture we have … he sleeps/lays/sits wherever I am during these times!

  • I add a few drops of Happy Trails in my diffuser necklace and wear it when we travel with our dog. He likes to sleep on my lap in the car, so the smell is near him and it has comforted him to where he will actually sleep! I am going to look into purchasing the paw balm for his feet too. The last time he came home from the groomer, they used some on him and his little paws felt so good!

  • Great tips and ideas for our fur babies!! Thanks PT for always going above and beyond for ALL your customers!!

  • Love that we have a pet line now! I want to try it out next! These are good tips for summer time! Yes don’t leave your pets in a car in the summer. We will be trimming out border collie down soon for summer! He’s not outside a whole so that helps him stay cool in this GA heat!

  • My two doodles are the best friends I could ask for ( @a_tale_of_two_doodles on instagram if you want to see how spoiled they are) and I applaud you for dedicating a post to them. I totally want to order confident K-9 before the 4th now. Winston and Sophie aren’t too scared of fireworks but are definitely a bit on edge so this could totally help.
    Also there are great paw balm DIY’s our favorite uses Lavender and Peppermint along with coconut oil, shea butter, and bees wax.

    Keep up the furry friend posts!

  • Great tips! Thanks! We just got a dog 3 months ago and are still learning all the ways to take care of him.

  • Loving Confident K9 for my dog (and me). Just got him a haircut – looking smart & sassy for summer!

  • I didn’t realize there was a balm for my dog’s paws. I will definitely have to buy some and use it this summer. We are always at the lake and didn’t even think that the sand which I find hot would be just as hot on my dog’s paws. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Thanks for the haircut reminder! My pup’s hair is getting long and having it shorter is great for going swimming, which she loves.

  • I love that you offer products for our dogs! I will have to try the confident k9 for 4th of July this year!
    Love the post, our dog stops under tree shade on walks now that it’s getting warmer

  • What a great post! I love the beagle in the pictures. These are such important tips. I can’t wait to try confident K9 for my beagle with separation anxiety and noise issues

  • Great reminders to keep our pets safe, thank you. I can’t wait to try the balm. I’ve been putting balm’s on my dogs paws long before it was a thing. Now, people don’t think I’m as crazy 🙂

  • I buzz cut my long hair cat every spring to help her shed the winter coat and be prepared for the upcoming summer. By the time summer hits she has a nice thick short fur. I am glad fur cuts were mentioned. I wonder if the paw balm works well on human feet. I enjoy multi use products, easier on the budget. I was also glad the reminder about hot cars was the first one mentioned.

  • What a great post and thank you so much for being a voice for animals! These reminders are so important. You guys really do think of everything! The level of care you have for people and pets is above and beyond. Plant Therapy is an amazing company for so many reasons, and this is just another one of those reasons!

  • I am going to need to get my hands on some of the Paw Balm. I have recently noticed my dogs’ pads are getting a little rough. It is nice to have access to a product that I know I can safely use on them.

  • I need to add the paw balm on my next order especially during these warmer months!! I just love the whole pup and pony line I can’t wait to try the linen spray as well!!

  • I mix Confident Canine with some unscented lotion and put it on my legs on days I take my dog to obedience class. Very thankful PT came out with the Pup and Pony line!

  • Great info! I am super excited to try the new pup and pony paw balm and the Confident K9 products for my dogs. I am hoping the Confident K9 will help my boxer overcome some of his anxiety when we have company! So glad PT has made this line available because our dogs are part of our family and I really trust this company!

  • I cannot wait to have some extra money for the paw balm and the confident k9- My one pup has issues even with thunder! She bounces off of the walls. It is terrible.

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