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One of my favorite things about summer is all of the outdoor time we get to spend with the dogs. We don’t have a doggie beach nearby like we did when we lived in Florida but we do have lots of hiking trails, dog parks, and lakes to visit. Wilkins loves (and I mean loves his outdoor time) so we’ve been getting outside every chance we get. He’s also prone to exploring places he shouldn’t go and bringing home lots of creepy crawlies I’d rather not have to deal with – especially fleas and ticks.

I like to keep Wilkins in a harness whenever we go walking or exploring outside because he’s been known to wiggle out of a collar and take off chasing an errant squirrel or particularly enticing bird. Around his neck, I usually have a Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Collar to kill off fleas and ticks, even before they bite. Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases and since vaccines aren’t available for most tick-borne diseases, tick protection is extremely important.

The Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Collar helps kill and repel fleas, ticks, flea eggs, and flea larvae while preventing flea eggs from hatching for up to 7 months. To me, that is so important because it feels like ticks can hide just about everywhere on your dog! The most common locations for a tick to hide are:

  • In or around the ears
  • Under the collar
  • Under the front legs
  • Between the back legs
  • Between the toes
  • Around the tail

So, literally everywhere. It’s best to just prevent them because once a tick gets on your dog they can develop all sorts of illnesses, some of which don’t show symptoms for 7 – 21 days after infection.

The collar also offers a reflective strip which helps me spot him if he happens to take off down a trail. I try my best to keep him under control but he’s a wild thing and sometimes chasing a chipmunk is simply irresistible!

If you’re going to be outside with your dog this summer, here are a few top summer safety tips you need to know:

Summer Safety Tips for Pet Parents

These are all so important for you and your dog!

Provide plenty of water

During the summer our dogs are just as prone to dehydration and sunstroke as we are, so make sure you always provide plenty of fresh water. You should also make sure you know how to recognize the signs of dehydration in a dog – heavy panting, dry gums, and excessive drooling. When you’re packing water for your day at the lake or your summer hike, be sure to pack an extra bottle of water specifically for your pup.

Use flea and tick prevention

From topical treatments to collars, Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® offers complete flea and tick protection which keep your dog pest free and ready for any outdoor adventure. These pests can carry tapeworms, heartworms, and diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella that can put your dog at risk.

Every year, Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® protects more than 5 million dogs from fleas and ticks. Visit to learn more, including where to find Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® in a store near you!

Adjust your walking hours / outdoor time

To avoid the hottest part of the day which brings the greatest risks to your dogs’ safety, adjust your walking times to earlier in the morning or the early evening so you can take advantage of slightly cooler temps when the sun isn’t directly overhead. As always, take extra water for your dog and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Protect their paws

When you take your dog out into the sun, try to keep your dog off of hot surfaces like cement, asphalt, or metal. These surfaces can burn your dog’s paws and increase their body temperature which leads to overheating. Consider using a paw balm or buying doggie shoes.

Never leave your dog in the car

The normal temperature range for a dog is somewhere between 100° and 103°F. Dogs pant to bring their body temperature down because they don’t sweat like we do. It takes less than 10 minutes for a dog to develop heat inside the hot vehicle. If you can’t take your dog inside wherever you’re going, leave them home. It’s not worth risking their lives.

Hartz flea and tick products are intended to kill or control fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that target pets. Dogs tolerate the application of these products very well, and they are registered in accordance and meet efficacy standards established by the EPA. You can read more about those standards here. You can find more information about how to properly apply flea and tick products here.